LeBron James Says He is Praying for Hometown of Akron as Protests Erupt in Ohio After Police Shooting of Jayland Walker

CREDIT: COURTESY: WALKER FAMILY

Akron, Ohio is bracing for more protests after last week’s police killing of 25-year-old unarmed Black man Jayland Walker, and LeBron James is thinking of his hometown.

The demonstrations come as Mayor Dan Horrigan and Police Chief Steve Mylett released body-cam footage Sunday from the June 27 shooting, after eight officers from the Akron Police Department were placed on administrational leave.

“I won’t mince words, the video you are about to watch is heartbreaking,” Mayor Horrigan said Sunday in a press conference, prefacing the body-cam footage.

APD previously detailed the incident that took place at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Monday after officers attempted to stop a vehicle operated by Walker for an unspecified traffic violation. According to a release, a chase ensued and officers reported that a firearm was discharged from the suspect’s vehicle.

The chase continued for several minutes until Walker slowed down and exited the moving vehicle, fleeing on foot into a nearby parking lot. Officers said that Walker’s actions caused them to perceive that he “posed a deadly threat to them” before they opened fire. Walker was pronounced dead on the scene.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Glenn Garner