The famous lawyer Ben Crump, who has defended numerous victims of police violence, and the family of Jason Walker have planned a
rally for justice at 8 p.m. in this North Carolina town.
Small groups of residents have already marched several times this week in Fayetteville to demand the arrest of Constable Jeffrey Hash in this case.
Saturday afternoon, the policeman, employed since 2005 by the city, was not on duty. He was driving in his vehicle with his wife and daughter when he passed Jason Walker, an unarmed 37-year-old man crossing the street near his parents’ house.
Moments later, he opened fire on Mr. Walker, who quickly succumbed to his injuries.
What has happened in the meantime is the subject of different versions. In an amateur video, filmed just after the drama and posted online, the police officer explains to colleagues called on the spot that Jason Walker threw himself in the middle of the street and that he braked to avoid it.
According to him, the 30-year-old then jumped on his vehicle, ripped off his windshield wiper and used it to hit the windshield, forcing him to draw his weapon to protect his family.
But witnesses assure that he hit the pedestrian before stopping.
I saw him suddenly brake, stop and goElizabeth Ricks told ABC.
I saw him hit Jason […] and his body landed on the windshield. And then I heard shots. I believe he fired the first shot through the windshield and three more times outside the vehicle., she added.
According to the police, the black box of Jeffrey Hash’s van did not register a shock and Jason Walker’s body had no traces of impact, other than that of the bullets.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave, but not arrested or charged at this stage. The investigations were entrusted to state investigators.
We have reason to believe this is a “shoot first, then ask questions” style case, a philosophy we see all too often among law enforcement., Ben Crump said in a statement.
American police officers kill an average of a thousand people a year, with an overrepresentation of African Americans among their victims.
They are rarely prosecuted, however, even though the major anti-racism protests in the summer of 2020 have started a change in the courts.