DOJ Should Investigate Jayland Walker’s Death

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for the family of Jayland Walker, the 25-year-old black man killed in a barrage of police gunfire last month in Ohio, joined the national NAACP on Wednesday and its Akron branch to call for the US Department of Justice to investigate Walker’s death.

Attorney Bobby DiCello called while questioning the integrity of the ongoing investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which Akron officials have asked to review the June 27 shooting.

Preliminary autopsy shows Walker was fired at least 40 times by eight Akron police officers who fired dozens of rounds at the end of a car and foot chase that began with an attempted traffic stop for minor equipment violations.

NAACP National Chairman Derrick Johnson in a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland last week asked the DOJ to investigate Walker’s death.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s office released a statement after Wednesday’s press conference saying, “BCI will remain steadfast in its commitment to independent investigations into officer-involved shootings, and this matter will not is no different.”

A spokesperson for Akron did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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