Ohio AG: Grand jury decides not to charge officers involved in Jayland Walker shooting
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced a "no bill" decision in the case Jayland Walker, who was fatally shot on June 27, 2022 during an officer involved incident with the Akron Police Department.
A grand jury decided Tuesday not to indict eight police officers in the death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker. A "no bill" decision means insufficient evidence of guilt.
In June of 2022, Walker was fatally shot more that 40 times by officers during a chase.
Police said Walker fired at them while fleeing a traffic stop but no weapon was found on him.
Police body camera video showed Walker eventually bailed from his slowly moving car while wearing a ski mask and ran into a parking lot, where pursuing officers opened fire. A handgun, loaded magazine and wedding ring were found on the driver’s seat of the car.
Walker's family called it a brutal and senseless shooting of a man who was unarmed at the time and whose fiancee recently died. Police union officials said the officers thought there was an immediate threat of serious harm and that their actions were in line with their training and protocols.
After taking over the investigation last summer at the request of Akron police, prosecutors with the Ohio attorney general’s office presented the case to the grand jury last week.