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Seven demonstrators arrested Wednesday night as protests continue in Akron following death of Jayland Walker

The protests occurred after Akron's curfew was lifted on Wednesday.

AKRON, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on July 4, 2022.

Protests continued throughout Akron on Wednesday night, more than a week after the death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker. 

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The Akron Police Department confirmed that protests began around noon on Wednesday and were peaceful until around 8:30 p.m.

Seven individuals were arrested after things began to take a turn for the worse as the sun started to set. 

More than 50 protesters gathered in front of the Harold Stubbs Justice Center in downtown Akron. Some of the individuals in the crowd began to disrupt the traffic flow on High Street.

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Authorities say that officers gave them orders to disperse, and warnings were issued that arrests would be made if they did not comply. Two men failed to listen to the Akron Police Department and were arrested. To effectively arrest the men, the APD confirmed force was needed. 

A 55-year-old and 37-year-old man were taken into custody. The duo of men were from North Carolina and were charged with rioting, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse the crowd. 

One of the men was taken to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital for evaluation, and the other was taken to the Summit County Jail. 

While arresting the individuals, APD says that it released "chemical irritants from handheld canisters to clear the area and disperse the crowd."

Protestors shifted to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center and blocked Wabash Avenue by the entrance to the emergency room. 

APD officials confirmed the hospital underwent a lockdown during this time, which redirected EMS services until the parking lot and street was free of demonstrators. 

In a release, the Akron Police Department said, "We fully support our residents’ right to peacefully assemble. Acts of violence and property damage are illegal and will not be permitted." 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on July 6, 2022. 


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