Akron police officer in Jaylan Walker shooting named

The names of the eight Akron police officers allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of Gerland Walker were first seen on a flyer on a West Akron power pole over the weekend.

The police chief will neither confirm nor deny that they are accurate. But they later appeared on an anonymous website. Activists are spreading the list on social media. During public comment Monday night, a person using the nicknames read them into the city council’s official records.

As a policy, Beacon Journal generally does not name unaccounted suspects. The eight officers are currently under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation on charges of using deadly force but have not yet been charged. The decision will be made by a Summit County grand jury at the conclusion of the state investigation, which could take several months.

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