Protesters across the country rally after Akron police shooting of Jayland Walker

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As protesters in Akron dispersed in time for the city's 9 p.m. curfew Monday, one week after police fatally shot Jayland Walker, others in cities across the country kept protesting.

Walker, 25, died after being shot multiple times June 27 by Akron police officers following a brief chase.

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The protests often coincided with planned demonstrations against the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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In Columbus, two separate marches – one for abortion rights and the other for Walker – merged on Monday, WKYC-TV reported. Protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and Walker’s name as they marched down the street from the Ohio Statehouse.

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Across the country in Phoenix, Arizona, around 200 abortion-rights supporters demonstrating in front of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office took a knee in a moment of silence for Walker.

“We are going to take 90 seconds to acknowledge this man, and that does not do justice for a beautiful human being who went through trials and tribulations and experiences that you can relate to,” an organizer said. “He had his ups and downs and life, and he should have been able to live and breathe at this very moment and stand in solidarity in a space like this in Akron, Ohio, but instead he’s another (expletive) hashtag.”

“Is there a problem with that?” the organizer called to the crowd, which responded with a resounding “yes.”

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In Washington, D.C., protesters clashed with district police Monday night as they demonstrated for both abortion rights and Walker.

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As others celebrated the Fourth of July on the National Mall, protesters marched through the mall and onto surrounding streets, chanting “Say his name! Jayland Walker.”

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At a concert he was hosting in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday night, Akron native DAntonio Parmer had concertgoers light up their phone flashlights before leading the arena in a call-and-response chant of Walker’s name.

“This is for everybody who been losing their lives to the police,” Parmer said while wearing a “Justice for Jayland Walker” T-shirt.

WE IN KANSAS CITY IN I MEANT WHAT I SAID WHEN I WAS GONE HAVE THE WHOLE ARENA SCREAM #JAYLANDWALKER 🙌🏽 IM USING MY PLATFORM ( WE NEED JUSTICE 🌍 #JUSTAKIDFROMAKRON

Posted by DAntonio Parmer on Sunday, July 3, 2022

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