Attention surrounding the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker by Akron police is growing.
Akron’s third fatal shooting by a police officer in six months took place early Monday when Walker, 25, was killed following a brief car chase that began in the city’s North Hill neighborhood and ended in Firestone Park.
In their words: Summit County Black elected officials speak out about Akron police shooting
Former Senator Nina Turner called for justice for Walker in a Tweet Friday afternoon.
“Jayland Walker’s family deserves justice, but justice would be Jayland making it home,” she wrote.
During a press conference Thursday with the Walker family, Akron NAACP President Juli Hill called for peace and understanding.
“Jayland Walker — I’m going to say his name over and over — Jayland Walker was somebody’s son. Jayland Walker was somebody’s nephew. Jayland Walker was an individual. He wasn’t just another Black man killed,” she said. “He’s a young man, 25, who lost his life over a traffic equipment violation,” Hill said. “I understand the family asked for peace. I want peace and understanding.”
Akron City Councilor Shammas Malik posted a reaction on the shooting on his Facebook and Twitter.
“We still don’t know exactly what happened Sunday night, but we know that a young man is dead, his family is grieving an irreversible loss, and our community is seeking answers,” he wrote.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump called the incident horrifying in a Facebook post Friday.
“NOTHING can justify this police response!” he wrote. “The officers who ended this young man’s life need to held accountable IMMEDIATELY!”
Crump is notable as the attorney who represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Actor Mark Hamill called for accountability in a reply to a tweet about Walker’s death.
Former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson also responded on Twitter.
Reporter Molly Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Reactions flood social media after Jayland Walker killed by police