Reuters reports that Ohio police, on Sunday, released footage of the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker.
The shooting occurred last Monday.
Police attempted to pull Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, over for unspecified traffic and vehicle violations. Walker, however, allegedly refused to stop.
A chase ensued. It lasted for several minutes until Walker jumped out of his car, wearing a ski mask, and ran away.
Police did believe that Walker was in possession of a firearm — one was later recovered from his vehicle. According to the police, when Walker appeared to be turning toward the officers, the officers opened fire, killing him.
Walker is said to have suffered over 60 bullet wounds. It is unknown how many shots in total were fired at him.
Ohio police held a news conference on Sunday in which they showed several videos from the Walker incident.
Police showed one video which they said shows a gunshot being fired from Walker’s car. If true, this could help to explain why it is that police treated the situation as they did. The fact that a gun was recovered from Walker’s car does mean that it is possible that Walker fired a gun during the car chase.
Police presented another video showing Walker jumping out of his car and running away from the police.
The video, according to police, also showed Walker turning toward officers while he was being pursued on foot. It is this, in combination with the fact that police thought Walker was armed, that police say led to the fatal shooting of Walker.
Justified or unjustified?
The political left and the mainstream media are now trying to use this as another racially-motivated police shooting. Reuters, for example, reports:
The shooting was the latest in a spate of killings of Black men and women by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are racist and unjustified, including the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that ignited global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
They point to the fact that Walker was unarmed when he was shot and the fact that he suffered over 60 bullet wounds. However, if what the police say is true – that Walker may have fired at them during the car chase giving them a reason to believe that he was armed – then the force used by the pursuing officers may have been justified.