Eight Akron, Ohio, Police Officers Placed on Leave After Fatal Shooting of 25-Year-Old Black Motorist

Eight Ohio officers were placed on paid administrative leave and Akron city officials braced for protests after police fatally shot a Black motorist, officials said Friday.

Snow plows and other large trucks, meant to be street barriers, were moved downtown overnight in preparation for large demonstrations following the police killing of 25-year-old Jayland Walker.

“We are planning for a possible gathering for demonstrations and ensuring continuity of services are provided to the entire community, including areas in and around downtown,” Akron police Lt. Michael Miller, a department spokesperson, told NBC News in a statement on Friday.

“We are utilizing various tools and such in the event barricades are needed.”

The deadly encounter has also prompted Akron to cancel a Fourth of July festival, as Mayor Dan Horrigan said now “is not the time for a city-led celebration.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, David K. Li, Mohammed Syed and Marin Scott

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