Posted on July 5, 2022

50 People Arrested in Akron Protests After Police Released Shooting Video

Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, July 4, 2022

About 50 people were arrested Monday during protests after authorities released body-camera footage of a Black man’s fatal shooting, police said.

The charges include rioting, failure to disperse and misconduct during an emergency {snip}


Mayor Daniel Horrigan (D) declared a state of emergency Monday morning.


The city has seen days of protests in response to the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker on June 27.

Eight Akron police officers fired dozens of rounds, killing Jayland Walker, 25, after a chase that began as a stop for traffic and equipment violations, police said.

The department released body-camera footage from all the officers involved in the shooting — the eight who fired and five “witness officers,” who did not. The videos show the car chase, during which police said Walker fired a gun, and they end in officers shooting him dozens of times in a parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The city ordered a curfew scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and continue overnight to 6 a.m., until further notice. It also canceled a scheduled July Fourth fireworks event. Horrigan’s statement said there had been “significant property damage” to downtown Akron.