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People hold "Justice for Jayland" signs as they gather outside Akron City Hall to protest the killing of Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio, U.S., July 3, 2022. /CFP

People hold "Justice for Jayland" signs as they gather outside Akron City Hall to protest the killing of Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio, U.S., July 3, 2022. /CFP

Several hundred protesters marched Sunday in Akron, U.S. state of Ohio, after the release of body camera footage that showed police fatally shooting a Black man with several dozen rounds of bullets.

As anger rose over the latest police killing of a Black man in the country and authorities appealed for calm, a crowd marched to City Hall, carrying banners with slogans such as "Justice for Jayland."

Jayland Walker, 25, was killed on June 27 after officers tried to stop his car over a traffic violation, police said.

Sunday marked the fourth straight day of protests. Demonstrations were peaceful but in a tense moment some protesters got close to a line of police and shouted at them.

Video footage shows a police officer approaching the vehicle of Jayland Walker during a traffic stop in Akron, Ohio, U.S., June 27, 2022. /CFP

Video footage shows a police officer approaching the vehicle of Jayland Walker during a traffic stop in Akron, Ohio, U.S., June 27, 2022. /CFP

Video released

After initially providing few details of the shooting, Akron authorities released two videos Sunday: one that was a compilation of body camera footage, still frames and voiceover, and another of the complete body camera footage of the entire chase and shooting.

The voiceover explained that Walker did not stop and drove off. Police engaged in a car chase and said a shot had been fired from Walker's vehicle.

After being chased for several minutes, Walker got out of his car while it was still moving and fled on foot. Officers tried to subdue him with their tasers, but he kept running.

Several officers finally chased Walker to a parking lot. The footage is too blurry to see clearly what happens, but an initial police statement released after the shooting said he behaved in a way that caused officers to believe he posed a "deadly threat."

A photo depicting Jayland Walker is seen on a sidewalk on a street in front of the Akron City Justice Center in Akron, Ohio, U.S., July 2, 2022. /CFP

A photo depicting Jayland Walker is seen on a sidewalk on a street in front of the Akron City Justice Center in Akron, Ohio, U.S., July 2, 2022. /CFP

'Over 60 wounds' to body

All of the officers at the scene opened fire on Walker, shooting multiple times in rapid succession. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident was the latest death of an African-American citizen at the hands of police, events that have sparked mass protests over racism and police brutality.

"Many will wish to air their grievances in public, and I fully support our residents' right to peacefully assemble," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan told a press conference, saying he was "heartbroken" over the events.

"But I hope the community can agree that violence and destruction are not the answer."

Horrigan also said an independent investigation was being conducted.

Police chief Steve Mylett said he didn't know the exact number of bullets fired at Walker, but the medical examiner's report "indicates over 60 wounds to Mr. Walker's body."

Mylett added that the eight officers involved in Walker's death have been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

(With input from AFP)

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