In what has become common practice, protests have erupted after Jayland Walker, 25, was shot and killed by Akron police on June 27.
Of course, these protests and calls against law enforcement have occurred before details of the shooting had been released to the general public. This highlights a major issue with the anti-police movement, where cops are automatically guilty in the court of public opinion before any due process takes place.
In this particular case, Jayland Walker was shot up to 60 times after police say he refused to stop his car and then shot at them while wearing a ski mask. Although he did not have the gun with him as he ran, Police Chief Stephen Mylett said the video showed Walker appear to reach for something at his waist and turn as he ran, prompting the police to fire.
If Jayland Walker was, in fact, reaching for a weapon as he ran away from the police, then it’s understandable why they would open fire. However, until all of the facts are released and an investigation is completed, we shouldn’t be so quick to judge or condemn the officers involved. Jayland Walker made some poor decisions that night, and unfortunately it cost him his life. But we don’t yet know if the officers acted inappropriately or used excessive force, so let’s not rush to judgment.
“It was difficult to watch, and shocking,… I’m not going to pass judgment [until the investigation is completed].” Police Chief Stephen Mylett
Footage of the incident can be seen below, though be warned it does contain graphic content:
Let us know what you think of this latest shooting and how the anti-police movement is taking advantage of the situation before an investigation has been completed.