A Summit County grand jury declined to indict eight Akron police officers who shot and killed Jayland Walker last June. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the decision Monday afternoon.
“The question for the grand jury was not whether this was a horrible tragedy, as it clearly was,” AG Yost said at a news conference after the decision was handed down. “The question the grand jury was charged with evaluating was whether the officers were justified in their actions. The grand jury – nine citizens who live in Summit County – determined that the officers were justified.”
Walker was running away on foot when he was shot 46 times on June 27 in a parking lot.
AG Yost said investigators conducted over 100 interviews during the course of the investigation.
A special prosecutor presented the BCI evidence to the grand jury that issued a “no bill” indictment in the case, meaning the jurors determined there was not sufficient cause to indict the officers involving in the shooting.
“This case took more than a week because of the volume of evidence presented,” Yost said. “It’s important to note that the job of my office in this case was to investigate and present evidence to the grand jury. The grand jury was instructed about the law by the judge who oversees it, not by the prosecutors, to avoid any question about the accuracy of the instruction.”
Akron councilwoman Tara Mosley issued the following statement regarding the decision not to indict the officers involved: