Grand jury declines to indict Akron officers in deadly police shooting of Jayland Walker

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Published: Apr. 17, 2023 at 2:51 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - The special grand jury selected by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has voted against indicting the eight Akron officers involved in the 2022 deadly shooting of Jayland Walker.

The officers shot and killed Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, on June 27, 2022 after an attempted traffic stop that led to a police chase.

During the announcement, officials confirmed 94 shots were taken at Walker during the incident.

Each of the eight officers shot between three and 18 times, all within the timespan of 6.7 seconds.

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Over 140 items of evidence were taken in for investigation, including multiple police body cameras, ODOT traffic cameras, and Range USA surveillance camera footage, according to details of the investigation given during the announcement.

Walker’s family announced Monday night they intend to file a civil lawsuit before the one year anniversary of his death. It is unclear at this time who the lawsuit is against.

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After the decision was announced, the Akron police union released this statement:

The Freedom Bloc also released the following statement:

Yost selected the nine primary jurors, who began reviewing evidence on April 10.

Each indictment would have required a seven-vote majority for each charge against each officer, who would only be named if they are charged.

Akron city officials on April 5 installed fencing around the courthouse in anticipation of potential unrest following the grand jury’s decision.

Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan also reactivated the “Akron Updates” website, containing information for demonstration zones, curfew information, road closures and mental health resources, among other resources.

When Akron police released body camera footage from the shooting in a July 3, 2022 press conference, Chief Steve Mylett confirmed Walker was unarmed at the time the officers shot at him.

The autopsy report completed by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Walker received 46 entrance and/or graze wounds as a result of the shooting.

Officials did not specify the exact number of times Walker was shot.

There were no drugs or alcohol in his system, officials said.

Mylett also said at the time that investigators found a gun inside Walker’s car following the chase.

Two shell casings were found matching the gun found in Walker’s car, according to the investigation.

The department reassigned the officers, who were placed on administrative leave following the shooting, on Oct. 12, 2022 to administrative roles, which caused protests throughout the community.

Mylett specified the reassignments were needed due to staffing concerns.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.