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Jayland Walker shows 46 entry wounds or abrasions, medical examiner says


An autopsy has revealed that Jayland Walker, the unarmed man who was fatally shot by police in Akron, Ohio, at the end of a high-speed chase, had 46 gunshot wounds or abrasions, Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler said Friday.

His death was due to blood loss from his internal wounds and the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, Kohler said.

Tests revealed no evidence of drugs or alcohol in her system, she added.

Walker, a 25-year-old black man, was shot dead as he ran from police trying to arrest him for an alleged traffic violation. He will be remembered as a soft, loving and kind voice at his funeral on Wednesday.

Details of the case continue to emerge amid public scrutiny of how law enforcement across the United States uses force, especially against people of color. Walker was black, while seven of the eight officers who shot him are white and one is black, the city said. All have been placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department policy.

Kohler said gunshot wounds on entry included:

• 15 on Walker’s torso, where he had internal injuries to his heart, lungs, liver, spleen, left kidney, intestines and several ribs.
• 17 on the pelvis and thighs, where the right main artery to the leg and the bladder were injured and the pelvis and both femurs were broken.
• 1 on his face, where he broke his jaw.
• 8 on his arms and his right hand.
• 5 on knees, lower right leg and right foot.

Walker’s family and representatives were able to review the report prior to this announcement at a press conference, Kohler said.

A gunshot residue test was not performed on Walker, the medical examiner said. Akron police charged him with firing what appeared to be a shot through the window. A gun was later found in his car. Police say he was unarmed when he was killed.

Gunshot residue tests can detect specific particles related to the discharge of a firearm “but the results of these tests are inconclusive as to whether or not the person fired a weapon,” said Kohler said.

The FBI discontinued these tests in 2006. She said the bureau discontinued collection of this sample in 2016 and no longer purchases collection kits.

Also in the case, the NAACP on Thursday urged the Justice Department to investigate the shooting, calling it a “horrific assassination” in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“No one is above the law, including law enforcement. Those who tracked him down and fired 90 bullets at him should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” the president said and NAACP Chief Executive Derrick Johnson in the letter, “We urge you and your Department of Justice to fully investigate the murder of Jayland Walker and, if what we have all seen from our own eyes is true, to federally indict the officers responsible for his horrific murder.”

“It’s time to hold law enforcement officials accountable for treating black Americans by different standards,” Johnson added in the letter. “We pray that your department initiates this critical investigation in the pursuit of justice in this case.”

A Justice Department spokesperson said, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the FBI Field Office in Akron, Ohio are closely monitoring and reviewing the circumstances. surrounding the death of Jayland Walker. The FBI continues to coordinate with state and local partners to provide specialized resources and expertise. If the evidence reveals potential violations of federal criminal laws, the Department of Justice will take appropriate action. »

CNN contacted the Akron police.


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