AKRON, Ohio — The town of Akron has seen a number of days of protests following the deadly capturing of Jayland Walker, 25. For the primary time for the reason that capturing, Spectrum Information spoke with Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett, who referred to as the state of affairs devastating.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Mylett mentioned about assembly members of the Walker household. “They misplaced their son, they misplaced their brother, they misplaced their nephew, their cousin.”
It’s not simply the Walker household that is been mourning the loss of life. The town of Akron has seen every day protests. The chief mentioned most have been peaceable, however he mentioned that isn’t the case for all of them.
“That final Sunday, people arrived within the metropolis of Akron and their intentions have been to not have interaction in peaceable protests,” he mentioned. “[It was] demonstrated by their actions.”
Police have additionally been criticized for utilizing tear gasoline to interrupt up among the nighttime protests.
“A state of emergency was declared within the metropolis,” Mylett mentioned. “Which prompted a curfew.”
The chief mentioned the division has been on excessive alert after they acquired a report from the FBI that claims there have been threats in opposition to officers.
“Different potential violent extremists within the streets have referred to as particularly for violence in opposition to regulation enforcement,” he mentioned. “Together with placing a bounty on and killing any police officer.”
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Mylett will start internet hosting every day press briefings beginning Monday, July 11.The town mentioned that is one of the simplest ways to supply well timed and constant security updates and relay data to the general public and the press.
The town additionally plans to launch an incident web site to supply up-to-date data on the capturing of Jayland Walker.