Leftists, BLM rioters clash with Ohio police in violent scenes, journos try to spin it as ‘peaceful’

BLM activists, far-left instigators, and Akron, Ohio, police faced off on Copley Road on Wednesday after a grand jury declined on Monday to indict eight police officers who, last summer, shot 25-year-old Jayland Walker at least 46 times in just under seven seconds.

Protests started soon after the ruling, with activists — many of them masked — vowing “no peace” as they gathered in the city’s streets.


On Tuesday, videos of rifle-toting rabble-rousers marching through downtown Akron circulated on Twitter.

At 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday, the office of Akron’s Democratic Mayor Dan Horrigan urged residents to stay away from the area of Copley and East Ave. as the protests continued.

By 8:30, the mayor’s office tweeted, “An unlawful assembly was declared and orders to disperse issued.”

“The area of Copley Rd. is now clear,” the tweet declared.

Video surfaced of the protestors hurling projectiles at the police, who responded with pepper spray.



Leftist journalists on the scene quickly attempted to frame the incident as an attack on “non-violent protesters” by Summit County sheriffs.

“The group included children,” reporter Kristen Anzuini tweeted.

“There is video of the BLM rioters hurling bottles at @Akron_Police, Kristen,” noted journalist Andy Ngo. “One of the rioters threatens to carry out arson attacks as well.”


Ngo posted his receipts: A black man on video running toward the police, shouting, “Go ahead, I dare you n—gers, I dare you n—gers, I’ma die about this b**ch.”

“Imma burn this b**ch down, on my kids!” he yelled.


However, Anzuini’s assessment of the chaotic situation was picked up and echoed by NPR-affiliated journalist Abbey Marshall, who cited Anzuini and reported that the “peaceful” protesters and members of the media were suddenly attacked with pepper spray by police.

Mayor Horrigan’s office corrected Marshall, replying, “At approximately 7:57pm officers were having bottles thrown at them from marchers. That’s when the orders to disperse were given.”

Demetrius Travis Sr., Walker’s cousin, claimed the protestors were behaving themselves until the “reckless” mayor sent in the police.

“It was inexcusable and reckless of the mayor and the chief of police to disperse cops in riot and war gear, pepper-spraying and shooting off smoke bombs, with children involved, at a protest that was very peaceful,” he stated, according to the Daily Mail.

Walker’s life ended in a barrage of police bullets in June 2022, after he took a shot at the cops during a wild car chase on an Akron freeway and through city streets.

Walker, wearing a ski mask, then jumped from his still-moving vehicle and ran into a parking lot, ignoring orders from the police to stop and show his hands.

Unbeknownst to the responding police, Walker had left his gun in the car. When he reached for his waistband during the foot chase, the officers believed he was about to fire on them for a second time.

Eight officers showered the suspect in bullets.

“The eight officers, whose names have been withheld from the public, initially were placed on leave, but they returned to administrative duties 3 1/2 months after the shooting,” the Daily Mail reports. “A county medical examiner said Walker was shot at least 40 times. The autopsy also said no illegal drugs or alcohol were detected in his body.”


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