These are the kinds of police officers who need to be systematically purged from the police ranks. A tase or one or two shots to the stomach would have completely incapacitated this man and I’m convinced he would have been fully compliant and ready to surrender.
I have seen it on more than one occasion when officers have encountered a suspect who was resistant they shot the suspect in the stomach or the leg or some other extremity and he immediately fell down raised his hands over his head and was ready to surrender. I don’t think defunding the police is the solution but retraining officers to respond differently to these situations I think is the best approach.
Training officers to kill suspects who lunge at them with a stick while being several feet away is insane and is only contributing to the toxic climate of civil unrest and violence. I also think it’s barbaric for officers to unload their weapons on disturbed people wielding knives from a distance because they lunged at them while still being fifteen feet or more away from the officer.
There is no excuse for that in my opinion. If they don’t have a weapon tase the suspect. If they have a stick or knife shoot the suspect in the leg or stomach in most cases they will fall down from one shot and be fully compliant and ready to surrender. Officers don’t get to be judges, juries, and executioners. That’s the courts and God’s job.
But the officers who gunned this man down in such a barbaric fashion simply for turning to face them, as they say, while running away are the actions in my opinion of individuals that were harboring some form of deep-seated hatred or extreme emotional overreaction, or on a disturbing and evil power trip. Either way, it’s completely unprofessional and uncalled for.
And these types of individuals need to be purged from the police ranks. This type of behavior is another reason God’s wrath is descending on America. You either correct all of it or God is going to correct it for you in a way you don’t want to experience and you won’t survive.
Autopsy Shows Ohio Police Shot Unarmed Jayland Walker 46 Times
PUBLISHED: 11:35 EDT, 15 July 2022 | UPDATED: 11:35 EDT, 15 July 2022
By Brendan O’Brien
July 15 (Reuters) – An autopsy found that eight Akron, Ohio, police officers shot Jayland Walker 46 times, including five times in the back, when they opened fire and killed the unarmed Black man during a traffic stop three weeks ago, a medical examiner said on Friday.
During a news conference, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler said her autopsy also determined that Walker, 25, had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he was shot and killed by police on June 27.
The shooting was the latest in a series of killings of Black men by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are unjustified. One of those killings, the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, ignited global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
Since the incident in Akron, protesters have held demonstrations in the city of about 200,000 people calling for police to be held accountable for the shooting and for justice for Walker, who was laid to rest on Thursday.
Kohler said Walker was also struck in the torso, pelvis, legs and face by gunfire when officers opened fire on him after they attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic violation and he fled.
After a chase of several minutes, Walker jumped out of the car and ran from the officers, a video released by police showed. Police said it appears he was turning toward officers, who at the time believed he was armed. A gun was later recovered from his car, they said.
Kohler said that her office did not do a gunshot residue test on Walker, saying the testing is not always reliable.
It was previously reported that Walker had more than 60 wounds to his body, but Kohler on Friday said that some of those wounds were not from gunfire.
The eight officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago)