Fatal US police shooting of yet another African American sparks protests
US police shooting death of yet another African American in the Midwestern city of Akron has sparked protests in the city, leading authorities to take unusual measures in fear of unrest.
Angry protesters took to the streets of the city in the state of Ohio on Friday in response to the death of Jayland Walker, 25, earlier in the week over a traffic violation, local media reported citing the Akron police department.
Eight police officers were placed on paid administrative leave as the city braced for more protests after the incident, local authorities stated on Friday.
Snow plows and other large trucks have been deployed near the police department of the city of nearly 190,000 people to serve as barriers.
Meanwhile, the annual Independence Day festivities set to be held on July 4 were also canceled amid fears of more massive street protests.
Announcing the cancellation, Akron’s Mayor Dan Horrigan said, “Now is not the time for a city-led celebration."
The deadly encounter unfolded early Monday morning after police officers attempted to pull over Walker on an unspecified traffic violation, officials said.
City authorities have offered few details of the shooting, promising to release body-cam video from the scene soon amid local media reports that dozens of shots were fired.