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More Jayland Walker Protesters Arrested In Akron Last Night Featured

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Akron Police say they arrested 5 adults Thursday evening, April 27, as a result of crimes connected to a Jayland Walker protest that involved people on foot, as well as a caravan of cars blocking traffic at the the intersection of Six Corners on Brittain Road.

They say the protesters formed at Reservoir Park on Hillside Terrace, and travelled down several streets before reaching that busy intersection.

According to Police Lt. Michael Miller, once the caravan reached Brittain Road, there were several near accidents, in a few instances; almost head-on collisions, as uninvolved motorists were forced to drive around the crowd, narrowly missing people walking in the street.

As a result; he says offficers conducted traffic stops on Eastland Avenue, E. Exchange, and S Arlington Street, and issued citations for various traffic (moving) violations, and those arrested were charged with Disorderly Conduct, Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.

The protest was one of an ongoing series of citizen actions that started last summer when Walker was shot by police. They died down over the past 9 months, while the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations looked into the matter, and then reignited when a Special Grand Jury on April 17th, declined to indict any of the eight officers who shot Walker.

When announcing the Grand Jury's decision; Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said they concluded that the officers' actions were justified, after Walker fled a traffic stop, shot at police from his car during a chase along the highway, jumped out of his car in a parking lot wearing a ski mask, refused police orders to stop running, then turned and made a hand gesture they interpreted as threatening—like pointing a gun.

But, it turns out; there was no gun—at least, not in his hand. It was still inside his car, on the front seat, but police didn't know that until after they shot him.

Now that no criminal charges have been filed against any of the police officers, Attorneys for Walker's family have pledged to file a civil lawsuit, and US Representative, Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) sent a letter to the US Department of Justice, In it, she asked for an investigation into the shooting, as well as the patterns and practices of the Akron Police Department.

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