US police shot Jayland Walker more than 40 times: Doctor | Police News

The coroner said police in Akron, Ohio, shot the unarmed black man 46 times, causing “devastating injuries.”

A black man killed by police in a hail of bullets in the United States late last month was shot 46 times, a local medical examiner said after an initial autopsy, as calls for accountability grow for Gayland Walker’s killing.

At a news conference Friday morning, Dr. Lisa Koehler, a medical examiner in Summit County, Ohio, said Walker died as a result of blood loss from his internal injuries. She counted 41 wounds and five bullet wounds.

We can’t determine which bullet killed him. “He had several serious injuries,” Koehler told reporters.

The killing of Walker in Akron, Ohio, a city of about 200,000 people in the American Midwest, has sparked protests and renewed demands for an end to deadly police violence against blacks across the country.

The 25-year-old was killed on June 27 after Akron police officers tried to pull him over for a minor traffic violation and fled.

A video released by the police showed that, after a chase that lasted several minutes, Walker jumped out of the car and ran away from the officers. Police said he appeared to be heading toward the officers, who at the time believed he was armed. They said a pistol was later found in his car.

Ken Aparno, a lawyer representing the Walker family, said the medical examiner’s findings confirmed the fact that Walker, who was unarmed, “arrived to a brutal, senseless death.”

Friday’s news conference came a day after the NAACP, a prominent US civil rights organization, made a direct appeal to Attorney General Merrick Garland for the US Department of Justice to open a federal civil rights investigation into the murder.

“This was not in self-defense, this was not an accident in the heat of the moment, it was a murder. Point blank,” NAACP President Derek Johnson said in a July 1 statement.

“It doesn’t happen to whites in America. Why are the police constantly targeting us like homegrown terrorists? We are just trying to live our lives, and we are tired of being chased like prey.”

Walker was previously reported to have had more than 60 injuries to his body, but Koehler said Friday that some of those wounds were not from gunfire.

She said Walker had five gunshot wounds to the back of his body, but it was not possible to determine whether she had hit him while he was on the run, or whether his body had flipped over as a result of the gunfire.

Officers involved are on paid leave while the state investigates the shooting.

The local police union said the officers believed there was an immediate threat of serious harm, and that it believed their actions and the number of shots would be justified in line with their training and protocols.

US President Joe Biden said earlier this month that federal authorities were “watching closely” the issue. “If evidence reveals potential violations of federal criminal laws, the Department of Justice will take appropriate action,” Biden said.

Hundreds of mourners attended Walker’s funeral Wednesday in Akron, US media reported. The city council also declared July 13 a “citywide day of mourning for Jayland Walker.”

“We shouldn’t normalize this,” Bishop Timothy Clark, pastor of the First Church of God in Columbus, said during the funeral service, CNN reported.

“We cannot normalize the death of our sons and daughters at such a young age… We must not try to act as if this is OK. It is not all right. There is nothing right in this. We should not be here. Clark told the mourners, “And Gayland shouldn’t be in that box.

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