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PROTESTERS took to the streets of the US state of Ohio on Sunday after the death of another black man at the hands of police.
Anger erupted after the release of video footage which showed eight police officers involved in the shooting of Jayland Walker after he ran a red traffic light in the city of Akron.
The 25-year-old was struck by at least 60 bullets and died at the scene.
Sunday saw the fourth straight day of protests with thousands marching to City Hall demanding “Justice for Jayland.”
Police initially offered few details of the death of Mr Walker, but the release of two videos on Sunday prompted outrage.
Footage shows him being chased for several minutes after failing to stop at the traffic lights before jumping out of the moving vehicle.
He kept running after police officers tasered him before coming to a halt in a car park. The footage is blurry but a police statement said that officers believed he posed a “deadly threat.”
While he was unarmed at the time of the shooting, police have suggested that they were fired upon first and released a photograph showing two pistols on the seat of the car driven by Mr Walker.
But a lawyer for Mr Walker’s family said officers had kept firing even after he was on the ground and handcuffed him before trying to provide first aid.
The medical examiner’s report said that there were 60 wounds to Mr Walker’s body.
President of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Derrick Johnson described Mr Walker’s death as “murder. Point blank.”
Police moved snowploughs and other heavy equipment to Akron Police Station soon after releasing the footage to deter protesters.
Mayor Dan Horrigan said that he was heartbroken by events.
“Many will wish to air their grievances in public, and I fully support our residents’ right to peacefully assemble,” he said.
“But I hope the community can agree that violence and destruction are not the answer,” he said.
Mr Walker’s family said in a statement: ”Anger is fine. Anger is understandable. Violence is not. Let’s uphold the dignity of Jayland’s life as we peacefully demand justice for him.”
Eight officers, of whom seven are white, have been placed on administrative leave, the police confirmed, saying that investigations into the shooting are underway.
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