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Riots Continue In Akron, Family Members Of Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor Arrested

Akron, OH – Riots erupts in Akron on Wednesday hours after the mayor lifted the emergency curfew put in place on July 4 in anticipation of continued violent protests over the fatal officer-involved shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker.

Walker was shot at least 60 times on June 27 by Akron police officers after he fired a gun at them after having led police on a chase for the second time in 24 hours. The city announced an emergency curfew of 9 p.m. on July 4 and extended it through July 5.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan lifted the curfew the next day and chaos ensued on Wednesday night, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Videos posted to social media showed Akron police deployed cannisters of something rioters claimed was tear gas to clear the streets after protests became violent again on July 6.

Akron police have not yet confirmed what substance was used to quell the civil disturbance, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Videos from the scene showed officers trying to clear the streets and protesters pushing back.

Police made multiple arrests at the scene.

Akron Municipal Court records showed 55-year-old Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin and 41-year-old Bianca Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky were two of the people arrested after police declared a riot on July 6, USA Today reported.

Black is the father of Jacob Blake, Jr., who was shot by Kenosha police on Aug. 23, 2020 after police responded to a 911 call from the mother of his children.

The Kenosha police officer who shot Blake has been cleared by authorities multiple times in the justified shooting and restored to duty.

Taylor was the aunt of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was killed in 2020 when Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers raided her home on a warrant related to her ex-boyfriend’s drug-dealing activities.

The young woman’s boyfriend fired at the officers after they entered the apartment and police returned fire.

Breonna Taylor was fatally shot during the incident.

A Kentucky grand jury refused to charge the officers involved in the incident with the death of Breonna Taylor and the state attorney general called their actions justified.

The only officer who was ultimately charged in connection with the incident – for shooting into an occupied apartment next door – was acquitted of those charges in March.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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