We receive the news of the grand jury’s decision to issue no indictments with heavy hearts, as no outcome or decision creates peace, true equity, or brings back the life of Jayland Walker. Our hearts are with the Walker family, who are being forced to navigate a very painful path. We also understand this result will cause anger, frustration, and grief for our community and families across this nation.
The pursuit of justice is not the responsibility of anyone alone. While today marks the end of the State’s criminal case, the work to create lasting equity and to dismantle racist structures and policies that perpetuate harm within communities of color continues. We must all be a part of that work. The work of city leadership and public safety workers is difficult, especially for those striving to do what is right and equitable. We recognize the service of those in the grand jury who weighed the evidence in reaching their difficult decision.
We are here for Akron, and for the Greater Akron community. United Way of Summit & Medina stands ready to work with fellow stakeholders, and to continue our work to promote justice and positive change in service to the people of this community.