Police body camera footage shows a large group of officers in Akron, Ohio, firing up to 90 shots at Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black motorist who fled on foot from a stop traffic minor earlier this week.
More than 60 of the bullets hit Mr Walker, according to early autopsy evidence reports.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he was “beyond outraged and beyond shocked” by what happened during the traffic stop, and called on community members to remain peaceful and to await a full investigation into the incident.
‘I urge all of our residents to reserve your full judgment until the investigation is complete,’ Mr Horrigan said at the press conference. “You will have to do one of the hardest things I can ever ask anyone to do and that is to be patient.”
During Sunday’s presentation, Akron police released video from officer body cameras and state highway cameras of the encounter.
Police say Walker fled an attempted traffic stop in the early hours of Monday morning, leading police into a car chase.
As officers chased in their cruisers, officials said police heard and saw a gunshot fire from Walker’s car.
During Sunday’s press conference, officers released video from a traffic camera that shows a grainy image of a flash coming from Walker’s car.
“Shots have been fired, this vehicle just had a shot fired out of its door,” an officer can be heard saying in the body camera footage.
Lawyers for Walker’s family say they have not seen evidence that Jayland shot the police. A handgun with a loaded magazine was found sitting in the front seat of the 25-year-old’s car.
Body camera footage then captures a group of eight officers chasing Walker through a parking lot as he begins to flee on foot.
According to police, officers first attempted to use a Taser on the 25-year-old.
Walker then “stopped and quickly turned” to the officers. Believing he was armed, they fired countless shots at the man, police said, even though he was in fact unarmed at the time of the foot chase.
Lawyer Bobby DiCello, who represents Mr Walker’s family, said he was horrified by the footage
“In my 22 years working at trial, both as a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor and as a civil rights attorney in numerous serious cases of lethal use of force, I have never I’ve never seen anything like that in my life, ever. It’s very, very disturbing,” Mr. DiCello told the Akron Beacon Log.
The lawyer said the video was “incredible” and “brutal”, but called on community members to honor Mr Walker’s demands to keep the ongoing protests peaceful.
“We are all preparing for the community response and the only message we have is that the family no longer needs violence,” he said. “…He needs peace, and he wants peace, and he wants the process to happen.”
Community members have been protesting the shooting for days.
“When some people don’t follow instructions, they end up in handcuffs,” said Hamza Khabir, from the Law Enforcement Equality Reform activist group. The New York Times. “When black people do that, they end up being shot down and killed.”
The city canceled a planned July 4 celebration in light of the shooting.
“He was my skinny little nephew,” Mr Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker Dawkins, told a news conference on Thursday. “And we miss him. We just want answers.
An unknown number of Akron police officers were placed on administrative leave following the shooting.
The Akron Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting and will report their findings to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.