Police chief says Jayland Walker handcuffed after fatal shooting by police in accordance with department policy

Walker, 25, was killed on June 27 after fleeing what police said was an attempt to stop traffic, leading officers into a car chase and then a brief foot chase. It ended after he quickly stopped and officers believed he was reaching for his waist and getting into a « firing position », officials said.

Eight officers fired dozens of bullets. Walker suffered at least 60 gunshot wounds, authorities said. Walker fired what appeared to be a shot through the window during the car chase, and a gun was found in his car after the shooting, but Walker was unarmed when he was killed.

Akron police, the city and the police union did not respond to repeated requests from CNN for comment on the practice of holding suspects even after they were shot by officers.

In the interview with WEWS, Mylett said policy requires that after all shootings involving an officer, a suspect be handcuffed because they may continue to pose a threat.

« If it was my brother, if it was my son, if it was my grandson, I wouldn’t like it, » the chef said. « I understand that, I really do. And I’m going to have a conversation with others about the need for that. »

A preliminary autopsy report previously reviewed by CNN contained several pages of thumbnail photos showing Walker dead and handcuffed at the scene and after his body arrived at the coroner’s office.

Mylett said the restraints are left in place to preserve the crime scene.

A final autopsy report will be given to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), which investigates any criminal acts committed by the officers. The autopsy report will be part of what the state attorney general’s office considers to present a case to a grand jury.

Jada Walker, Jayland’s sister, set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

City announces daily press briefings

On Friday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced that beginning Monday, he and the police chief would hold daily press briefings to « provide timely and consistent security updates, and to relay more information quickly to the public and the press ».

The city will also launch an incident website that will contain safety information and serve as a « collective hub for all publicly available information » regarding the Walker shooting, according to a city press release.

« I know the situation in Akron is constantly changing and our community needs to have the most up-to-date information as quickly as possible, » the mayor said in a statement. « Our new dedicated site and these daily briefings will help us better commit to our promise of transparency and allow our residents to have a clearer understanding of exactly what is happening as it happens. »

In a video posted on social media, the mayor also called for peace in the city after protests in which authorities said they made dozens of arrests and caused property damage.
The protests also prompted Horrigan to impose a curfew for downtown Akron.

“I know we have had many, many peaceful protests over the past week and I fully support them, and it is my duty to support the right of our citizens to have their voices heard,” the mayor said in the statement. Friday video. « But what I can’t allow, though, is the kind of violence and lawlessness that we’ve seen in some of these late night protests. »

« I cannot allow violent protests to come to my home and threaten me and my family, » he added, saying he was committed to transparency, dialogue and community engagement. .

« We must allow this independent investigation to take its course, because there can be no healing without truth, » Horrigan said.

CNN’s Christina Maxouris and Claudia Dominguez contributed to this report.

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