AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – A group protesting the Jayland Walker decision was dispersed by police after Akron city officials say bottles were thrown at officers Wednesday evening.
This went down around 8 p.m. as protesters marched down Copley Road on the city’s east side.
The gathering started earlier when the group came together in Hawkins Plaza around 6 p.m. They began marching on city streets shortly thereafter, as seen from SkyFox.
As the night went on, more marchers and some vehicles joined the protest.
The demonstration continued to grow until around 8 p.m., when tensions began to rise and police moved in. This was in the area of Copley Road and East Avenue.
The city says officers reported having bottles thrown at them and began ordering protesters to leave the streets.
About half an hour later, police declared it an unlawful assembly and deployed what appeared to be some type of chemical spray from both handheld canisters and grenades rolling along the road, breaking up the protest.
Protests have persisted throughout the city after a grand jury decided not to indict the eight Akron police officers involved in the shooting death of Walker.
There were protests that remained peaceful that night, but a handful of arrests were made. Tuesday night was quiet in the city.
It’s unclear if any arrests were made after Wednesday evening’s confrontation.