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NAACP calls on Attorney General to probe killing of Jayland Walker

A group arrives to pay their respects at a memorial service in the Akron Civic Center for Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio.
Gene J. Puskar
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A group arrives to pay their respects at a memorial service in the Akron Civic Center for Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. On June 27, 2022 Walker was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of bullets, but officers believed he had shot at them earlier from a vehicle and feared he was preparing to fire again, authorities said.

The NAACP is making a direct plea to Attorney General Merrick Garland for the Justice Department to open a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Jayland Walker, the Black man who was killed last month by officers in Akron, Ohio in a hail of police gunfire.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Thursday for Garland to immediately open a federal investigation and said the officers should be held accountable “to the fullest extent of the law.”

The letter comes days before Kristen Clarke, the Justice Department’s top civil rights official, is set to speak about police accountability at the NAACP National Convention in New Jersey.