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Officers Involved in Jayland Walker Shooting Will Not Face Criminal Charges following Special Grand Jury Decision Featured

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The eight officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker last June will not face criminal charges. That was the decision made by the special grand jury, which returned a no-bill decision yesterday in the Summit County Common Pleas Court, meaning the jurors found that the actions taken by the officers involved in the shooting were legally justified. 

Attorney General Dave Yost held a press conference via Zoom at 3:30 pm to announce the decision. During the conference Yost gave a summary of the events that occurred June 27th, 2022 when Walker was killed, according to evidence gathered by the BCI investigation.

The series of events began when police initiated a traffic stop of Walker’s vehicle. According to police, Walker fled in his vehicle from officers and gave chase, firing a gunshot from his vehicle during the chase. Yost said that Walker exited his vehicle through the passenger side door, wearing a ski mask, and ignored commands to stop and show his hands. Officers tried unsuccessfully to use stun guns to subdue him.

Yost says that Walker then “reached for his waistband in what several officers described as a cross-draw motion, planted his foot and turned toward the officers while raising his hand. Only then did the officers fire, believing Mr. Walker was firing again at them.”

Yost noted that the officers did not know that Walker was unarmed at the time and that the reach to his waistband was interpreted as a threat, saying that, "The law allows officers to use deadly force to defend themselves or others against a deadly threat.”

Yost added that while Walker’s shooting may have been legally justified his death is still a tragedy saying, "I grieve the loss of this promising young life, though I recognize no words of mine will offer comfort to the family," he said.

The Akron Police Department is still set to do an internal investigation into the shooting to determine if the officers involved violated any internal policies and procedures.

Yost's remarks are available here

 

BCI case files for the Jayland Walker case are availabe to view here

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