City OKs added police oversight after Jayland Walker’s death
The idea for an independent oversight board arose during protests over Walker’s death last summer.
A preliminary autopsy showed Walker was shot dozens of times on June 27 after two officers first tried to stop his car for minor equipment violations. Walker refused to stop, and seconds after the chase began, a shot was fired from his car, police said.
Officers chased the car, and Walker pulled over and bailed out shortly after. Ignoring orders from officers, he rushed into an adjacent parking lot where he was killed in a hail of police gunfire, police body camera video showed. Authorities said Walker posed a “deadly threat”. A handgun and a wedding ring were found in the driver’s seat of his car.
The new Oversight Committee will hire a Police Auditor who will have the power to audit police activities and policies, access records and investigate police behavior while not in conflict with the police union contract or constitutional rights.