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The death of a young African-American, fatally hit by dozens of bullets fired Monday by police in Akron, Ohio, provoked angry demonstrations in this city near Cleveland on Friday , in the northern United States.
25-year-old Jayland Walker was killed while fleeing police on foot after a car chase following an attempted arrest for traffic offence.
In a statement, city police said the young driver fired at officers during the chase. “The actions of the suspect led officers to perceive a lethal threat against them” and “they fired their weapon, killing the suspect” who was fleeing.
Police said a weapon was found in the car abandoned by the young driver.
The police officers involved in his death have been administratively suspended pending the end of the judicial investigation. An internal investigation has also been opened, according to the police, who must release in the coming days the recordings of the body cameras that the officers carried.
The police did not give details of the shooting, but according to local media, eight police officers in all fired more than 90 bullets at Jayland Walker.
“They hit him 60 times,” the organization Black Lives Matter said on Twitter.
The family of Jayland Walker demanded an explanation from authorities on Thursday, asking at a press conference that angry protests remain peaceful as protesters have been gathering since Wednesday outside City Hall and the police station in Akron, known as the hometown of basketball star LeBron James.
“It wasn't a monster, it wasn't a monster. he was not someone who participated in a crime in his life,” family lawyer Bobby DiCello told the press.
“Jayland was a nice young man, he didn't has never caused a problem,” assured his aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins.
City hall decided on Thursday to cancel an annual festival scheduled for the long weekend of the American National Day, Monday 4 July, believing that it was “not the time for festivities”.