Eight cops in Akron, Ohio shot a 25-year-old unarmed black man last week…60 times. That is not a typo. They shot the young man SIXTY FUCKING TIMES. We may find out later the number is greater than 60.
Jayland Walker fled from the police during a routine traffic stop. He drove away, then abandoned his vehicle and ran for his life. The cops say he shot at them first, firing one shot, but he didn’t have his gun on him when they recovered his body. They found one unloaded gun in his car next to a fully-loaded magazine.
Walker didn’t have a criminal record and other than the gun, the cops didn’t find anything suspicious or illegal in his car. They say they pulled him over for an equipment and traffic violation. So, why would he have shot at the police? Since the gun was unloaded, did it just contain the one bullet he shot or did he remove the clip after the shot? If so, where is that clip, because the clip the cops found was fully loaded. Or did he fire at the cops, remove the clip, then add one more bullet to it. I haven’t heard that any other ammunition was found on him or in the vehicle. This is not making a lot of sense to me. For eight cops and an entire department that needs to get its story straight, they’re doing a shitty job of making shit up.
A video of the shooting has been released, but Akron Police have not released all of the bodycam videos. Why is that? The chief of police says he didn’t see any evidence that the cops’ lives were ever threatened.
It’s up to prosecutors to decide to charge the eight cops or not, but cops are rarely charged in incidents like this. Prosecutors may use the one shot the cops claim Walker fired as evidence their lives were in danger and a reason not to prosecute…despite the fact that if you divide the 60 shots, each cop shot an unarmed Jayland Walker 7.5 times.
Walker wore a ski mask when he ran for his life. Defenders of the police have used that as an acceptable excuse for the police’s actions. Currently trending on Twitter from racist goons are “JaylandWalkerShotFirst, #JaylandShotFirst, and “JaylandGotJustice. This is not justice.
Wearing a ski mask and running from the police should not warrant a death sentence. Even firing once at cops doesn’t justify them shooting the suspect 60 times. You know the cops didn’t hit the suspect with every shot, so if they shot him 60 times, how many shots did they fire? I’m pretty sure the cops keep an inventory of their bullets so they should have already provided an answer for that question.
There are protests in Akron over this. Authorities have called for a “state of emergency” in the city. I think for a lot of its citizens, Akron has been in a state of emergency for a very long time.
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