Pamela Walker, the mother of Jayland Walker, will attend President Biden’s State of the Union Address this evening as the guest of U.S. Congresswomen Emilia Sykes.
Jayland Walker’s death gained national attention when the 25-year old black man was fatally shot by eight Akron police officers last June. The investigation into the shooting, led by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is still ongoing.
In a released statement Pamela Walker said, “We are here at the U.S. Capitol demanding accountability and change among U.S. law enforcement so that my son, and others affected by the injustices that Black Americans continue to face nationwide at the hands of U.S. law enforcement, will not have died in vain.”
Congresswoman Sykes added that she wants to restore trust between police and the communities they serve saying, “I will continue to fight for a criminal justice system that is transparent, accountable, and keeps us all safe.”
President Biden’s State of the Union will take place tonight at 9pm.