Akron Police Chief Releases Video, Says Police Are Prepared

A special grand jury will decide whether or not eight officers will face criminal charges for Jayland Walker's shooting death last June. Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett says his department is ready for any possible protests.

The chief released a video last night as the grand jury convenes to review evidence in last year's fatal police shooting of Walker.

The 25-year-old Black man was shot 46 times in an altercation with police during a traffic stop in 2022, sparking riots throughout the city.

Representatives from the Ohio Attorney General's Office are presenting evidence as the panel considers possible charges against eight officers.

Mylett says citizens have a constitutional right to assemble and non-violently protest. But he adds, "We would be negligent not to make preparations after what happened last year."

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