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On 5th day of Jayland Walker protests, crowd marches to Akron mayor's home

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Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-05 14:09:29-04

AKRON, Ohio — For the fifth day in a row, protesters took to the streets over the Akron police shooting of Jayland Walker. On Monday, a group of over 50 protesters marched through the residential streets of Akron, right to the home of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. They said their purpose was to bring their message directly to him.

Akron Police officers in riot gear formed a line on street around Horrigan's house. Law enforcement also called in tactical vehicles before the short demonstration ended.

After the rally outside the mayor's home, the group marched its way south, chanting and calling for justice for Walker.

News 5 crews caught up with the group of a few dozen protesters marching in one of Akron's residential neighborhoods at around 3 p.m. Monday. The protester organizer News 5 spoke was critical of the mayor's decision to impose a curfew Monday night.

"It’s a way to keep people in line. Thats’ what he wants to do," Raymond Greene Jr. said. "He doesn’t want the spotlight on his city. He’s the top person in the city. It reflects on him — and it should — because he can change laws today."

Watch raw video from a portion of the protest march. WARNING: Video contains graphic language and images. Viewer discretion advised.

Protesters march in Akron for 5th day over Jayland Walker shooting

While a protest was scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Monday in downtown Akron, News 5 crews on the ground and in the air saw no signs of groups rallying at that time.

TheFreedom Bloc posted about the organized rally followed by a march in Akron at noon at 778 N. High Street.

News 5 crews in Akron could not find any protesters at that location or nearby, and AirTracker 5 scanned the city for over half an hour for activity, but saw only a few people and news crews on the streets downtown.

AirTracker 5 shows quiet streets in Akron Monday despite scheduled protest

Another protest is scheduled to take place on July 11 at 6 p.m. in front of Akron City Council Hall.

A curfew was issued in downtown Akron for Monday night in response to damage done to several downtown businesses amid the largely peaceful protests Sunday.

FULL STORY: Curfew issued after windows broken at several downtown Akron businesses amid largely peaceful protests Sunday

Windows broken at several downtown Akron businesses amid largely peaceful protests Sunday


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