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Lawyers say Ohio police officers shot dozens of fleeing black men

Police shot and killed a black Jayland Walker withdozens of times withOhio. His family quoted a review of police-worn camera footage scheduled to be released on Sunday.

In a comment released Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal, lawyer Bobby DiCello described the video as "brutal," and Walker's relatives said this weekend's protests would be violent. He said he was worried that he might be.

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"We are all prepared for the reaction of the community. One message we have is that the family does not need any more violence," DiCello said. ..

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Akron police said Walker, 25, shot a gun at an officer chasing him. They will be releasing body camera footage following a press conference on Sunday hours before the protest march is scheduled.

"Protests are a way to cry," said Roderick Pounds Sr., a pastor of Akron's Second Baptist Church, on Saturday after being allowed to watch the video before it was made. He spoke at a prayer meeting held there. public.

Pound refused to elaborate on the "graphic video the world is about to watch", but shows that Walker did not pose a threat when shot down like a pastor. He called the video "shocking." It is likened to a "slaughter".

"It's barbaric," Pounds said in an interview with local television station WEWS-TV. "I see tomorrow."

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Authorities said a deadly conflict had begun when Walker was driving early Monday morning when police officers tried to stop Walker for a traffic breach. Walker has escaped, according to Akron police. Police reported that a gun was fired from Walker's car.

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A few minutes later, Walker He got out of the car, and police fired in a statement on Tuesday saying police chased him on foot and showed him a "fatal threat."

Walker was declared dead in a fallen parking lot. Police representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

DiCello found no evidence that Walker fired his weapon, and police body camera footage showed that the policeman was running with his back when he shot him down. He said he was.

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90 shots or more, "DiCello told the Beacon Journal. "Currently, the number of these lands is getting details suggesting 60 to 80 scratches, according to current research."

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It wasn't clear how many bullets hit Walker, Dicello said, as bullets can cause both in and out of the body.

According to TV station WJW-TV, Walker suffered multiple bullet injuries to his head, body and legs, and weapons from his car by the Ohio Criminal Bureau, according to a preliminary report from the Inspector's Office. Was recovered. I haven't specified which car it is.

Pond told WEWS that Walker "he didn't have a weapon when he was shot." It was in his car.

According to the Beacon Journal, Walker's fiancé died in a car accident last month, but WJW quoted a family lawyer and Walker harmed himself and others when he was killed. Said I didn't intend to add.

The police involved in the shooting were put on administrative leave during the investigation, the ministry's statement said.

(Report by Jason Lange and Jonathan Landay in Washington, additional report by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, edited by Daniel Wallis)

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