City of Akron lifts downtown curfew following Jayland Walker protests – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

AKRON – The City of Akron has announced the end of an ordinance prohibiting visitors from staying downtown overnight.

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A news conference revealed police body camera footage of the death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker on Sunday and sparked protests across Akron. City officials canceled a planned fireworks display and instituted a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday amid signs of civil unrest.

“Early yesterday we had several peaceful protests in the downtown footprint related to the shooting involving a Jayland Walker officer,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Monday. “However, as night fell and more began to join in, the protests are no longer peaceful. There has been extensive property damage in downtown Akron.

A Press release of the city of Akron announced the end of the curfew on Wednesday.

“I want to thank again everyone who peacefully protested in our community over the past few days. The community abided by the curfew we put in place last night and did no further damage to our downtown hallway,” Horrigan said. “I expect tonight to be the same. In an effort to support all those protesting peacefully, I plan to lift the curfew in our downtown footprint starting tomorrow.”

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Authorities are asking the public to continue the protests peacefully.

“Citizens have a right to have their voices heard, and I fully support that,” Horrigan said. “I urge our community to report any instances or threats of violence or destruction so that a small group of agitators does not cause further damage to our town and our small businesses.”

David H. Henry