Autopsy shows body of negrew “Jayland Walker” was riddled with 46 bullets after he was shot by police for traffic violation
A 25-year-old black man, Jayland Walker killed by police in Ohio, US, last month for allegedly violating traffic had 46 gunshot wounds or graze injuries on his body, an autopsy report has found.
The medical examiner on Friday, July 15 2022 said it was impossible to know which bullet killed Jayland Walker, or how many shots were fired in total.
The report comes after hundreds mourned his death in the city of Akron, on Wednesday.
Since Walker’s death the city has been on edge as so many anti-police ri*ts and clashes have erupted. On Friday night, , city officials announced a curfew amid near-daily protests.
According to the medical examiner’s autopsy report, Walker sustained serious injuries to his heart, lungs and arteries in the 27 June, 2022 shooting in the city of Akron.
He was killed at the end of an attempted traffic stop that began over minor equipment violations which quickly evolved into a roughly six-minute pursuit by the police.
Police say while he was being chased he fired a single before police opened fire on him from multiple directions.
The footage is too blurry to accurately determine what authorities called a “threatening gesture” he made before he was shot.
However, Walker was unarmed at the time and his family, through lawyers, have said there was no need to kill him.
Police found an unloaded handgun, one clip of ammunition and a wedding band in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
Initial findings showed more than 60 wounds on Walker’s body. Summit County medical examiner Dr Lisa Kohler said it was “very possible” one bullet may have caused multiple entrance wounds.
The eight officers involved in the shooting – seven of whom are white, and one of whom is black – are on paid leave as the state of Ohio investigates.
The Ohio local police union has said it believes the officers thought they were at immediate risk of serious harm and acted in line with their training.
Incase you haven’t watched the tragic video, see it below:
If a young white man was executed like this, #Akron would be in ruins.
Turning cheeks in forgiveness would not be part of the equation.#JaylandWalker
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 6, 2022