Independence Day celebrations in Akron, Ohio have been canceled following the release of video footage showing police officers shooting and killing 25-year-old Jayland Walker. There were protests in the city overnight and they’ll likely continue into Monday night.
A masked man with a bat in Akron, Ohio used a bat to smash out windows during the violent far-left direct action overnight. The rioters were trying to attack the Justice Center. #JaylandWalker pic.twitter.com/3r2MvNdsob
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
The Daily Wire reported:
On June 27, Akron authorities said they pursued Walker because the car he drove was involved in a crime the previous day. After refusing to stop, speeding through a residential neighborhood, and shooting at officers, Walker jumped out of the car in motion at a barricade.
Police said they fired up to 60 bullets at Walker after he jumped out of the moving vehicle and shot at the officers.
Although he did not have the gun with him as he ran, Police Chief Stephen Mylett said the video showed Walker reaching for something at his waist and turning as he ran, prompting the police to fire.
But to Walker actually take aim and fire at the police officers? WKYC reporter says there’s no evidence yet, only dispatch recordings of police saying “shots fired.”
The “shot at” narrative is nuanced, but no one from APD says #JaylenWalker fired “at” officers. Officers recorded in dispatch recordings saying “shot fired”…the shot is seen and heard on video. No evidence yet of Walker taking aim and firing. The difference matters. https://t.co/BmorAOa2sr
— PHIL TREXLER (@PhilTrexler) July 4, 2022
— Tony Ultra Dark FJB Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) July 4, 2022
You right now pic.twitter.com/8w9fr60Brk
— Justine (@BruinJustine) July 4, 2022
So, he fired indiscriminately and that’s supposed to be excusable?
— Factotum (@emery__bored) July 4, 2022
“if he fired indiscriminately that’s fine” is a hell of a take
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) July 4, 2022
Oh cool so he just fired a random shot that could have struck an innocent victim. Solid defense.
— Bob (@johnnybagdonuts) July 4, 2022
Guns still kill without “taking aim”.
— Mr. TJDMCR – 716 OG (@TJDMCR) July 4, 2022
If he’s a terrible shot, it doesn’t count as shooting at you
— Mostly Peaceful Memes (@MostlyPeacefull) July 4, 2022
Let’s wait to see what LeBron says… before jumping to any conclusions
— 🇺🇸 Mark 🇺🇸 (@MarkWoodUSA) July 4, 2022
At best this is a distinction with no difference.
— Dan Van 🍊rangeberg (@vanorangeberg) July 4, 2022
Shot at or shots fired indicates the person fleeing from them has a gun. And if that someone fires a round, they are putting innocent lives at risk. Bullets eventually hit something. At them or others, the police have a duty to protect.
— Todd (@BuckeyeTodd1977) July 4, 2022
This is the angle they’re going to play huh?
— Eddie Eagle (@Skeeter20fx) July 4, 2022
So the guy wearing a ski mask in June and fleeing the police fired a shot, but it was not necessarily at the police. Do I have that right?
— Sluggo Stevens (@SluggoStevens) July 4, 2022
That’s more dangerous, you realize that right? God knows who he ends up hitting.
— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) July 4, 2022
This isn’t going to go the way you like. I recommend deleting this tweet.
— Jake Dunand (@omegacloud) July 4, 2022
Everyone will remember where they were when they witnessed this epic ratio take place.
— Vito Mendy III (@vitomendy3) July 4, 2022
How embarrassing for you that you had to use the word nuanced.
— Airborne Heel (@abnheel) July 4, 2022
I’ve never been in a position to advocate the destruction of my hometown. What’s that like being instrumental in bringing about?
— Airborne Heel (@abnheel) July 4, 2022
WKYC has their story and they’re sticking to it:
Journalist moment pic.twitter.com/uOq6V2fBPB
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 4, 2022
Dem Arizona State House candidate quietly posts ‘UPDATE’ to viral tweet about Kansas City police shooting unarmed pregnant black woman https://t.co/uwmnlhopOB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 2, 2022