The mayor of Akron intends to lift the city’s curfew, which was put in place after the police shooting of Jayland Walker
City officials said Monday the downtown curfew is being shortened after a week of largely peaceful protests over the killing of Walker, a 25-year-old black man who was shot dozens of times by eight Akron police officers at the end of an 18-minute vehicle and foot drive became chase.
He said Saturday he intends to pick it up Sunday morning. “The curfew will remain in effect tonight and barring additional public safety concerns, the curfew will end tomorrow morning,” Horrigan said in a statement.
In at least one instance, the city used tear gas to disperse protesters. Walker’s family has repeatedly called for non-violence from protesters and the police.
Walker fired dozens of times
Walker was shot dead on June 27 after fleeing what police described as an attempted traffic stop. Walker was unarmed at the time of his death, Police Chief Stephen Mylett said. A gun was found in his vehicle after the shooting, police said, and officers said Walker fired a gun from his vehicle during the chase.
Eight officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, Mylett said.
An autopsy found Walker had 46 gunshot wounds or abrasions, said Summit County Coroner Dr. Lisa Kohler, on Friday. His death was due to blood loss from his internal injuries, and the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, Kohler said.
Tests found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system, she added.
Walker had his hands tied behind his back when his body arrived at the coroner’s office, according to photos from a preliminary report by a medical examiner reviewed by CNN.
Law enforcement experts say it’s national practice to handcuff someone who is perceived to be dangerous and armed — even after they’ve been shot by police — so the person doesn’t have access to a gun or pose another threat, CNN previously reported. However, Walker family attorney Bobby DiCello said the decision to handcuff Walker “sends a symbolic and inhumane message, despite the process involved.”
“We cannot normalize the deaths of our sons and daughters at such an early age… We must not try to pretend that that is okay. This is not okay,” Bishop Timothy Clarke, pastor of the First Church of God in Columbus, told mourners at the funeral. “There’s nothing right about that. We shouldn’t be here. And Jayland shouldn’t be in that box.”