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A mourner is seen at Jayland Walker’s funeral on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Akron, Ohio. The police officers involved in the shooting have been reinstated after no charges were brought against them.
The eight Ohio police officers involved in the Jayland Walker’s shooting deatha 25-year-old black man following a traffic stop last summer, have returned to active duty after a grand jury declined to indict either of them.
Akron Police Capt. Michael Miller confirmed the news to CNN in an email Tuesday.
“Based on the independent investigation conducted by BCI and the Summit County grand jury’s decision not to indict, all eight officers have returned to full-time active duty,” Miller said, referring to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
He added that the department’s internal investigation was “concluding and undergoing a final legal review,” which they expect to be released by the end of November.
On June 27, 2022, Akron police said Walker was driving a 2005 Buick when they attempted to stop him for traffic and equipment violations.
During a news conference in July 2022, when police released body camera footage of the incident, police said Walker fled the stop and, about 40 seconds into the police chase, shot himself from his vehicle.
Several minutes later, Walker got out of his car and fled on foot, according to police.
Officers used Tasers to try to take Walker into custody, Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said, but they were unsuccessful.
Mylett said that moments later, Walker “stopped and quickly turned toward the pursuing officers,” and police opened fire, killing him.
According to a autopsy performed by Summit County medical examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler, Walker suffered 46 gunshot wounds or grazes.
Walker’s family issued a statement Tuesday through their attorney, Bobby DiCello, questioning the city’s handling of the incident.
“The Walker family is saddened by the way the city of Akron continues to ignore them,” the statement read. “City leaders have never reached out to discuss the employment of the eight officers or explain why they are being reinstated. While this decision reopens painful wounds, the family remains steadfast in its commitment to seeking justice and dignity for Jayland.”
In April, a grand jury decided not to accuse the agentsconcluding that they were legally justified in their use of force against Walker, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
walker’s family is suing the city.
The civil complaint, which was filed in June, alleges that officers used excessive force and claims there is a “culture of violence and racism at the City of Akron Police Department.”
The family is seeking at least $45 million in damages: “$1 million for each bullet that hit Jayland Walker,” according to the lawsuit.
In addition to the city, the list of defendants includes several members of the Akron Police Department.