Statement on the Fatal Police Shooting of Jayland Walker
Friday, July 8, 2022 – Late last month, 25-year-old Jayland Walker was gunned down by eight police officers after fleeing an attempted stop for a minor traffic violation. Walker, who was Black, was unarmed when police fired 90 shots at him over the course of seven seconds. He was hit between 60 and 80 times and died at the scene. According to the Walker family’s lawyers, officers cuffed Jayland before attempting to provide first aid.
Just a week later, police officers apprehended Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, a white man, without discharging a single round. Crimo allegedly used an assault rifle to kill seven people and wound dozens more.
The Center for Family Representation (CFR) stands in support of the Black community and against the systemic racism and violence that too often cost Black people their lives. In 2019, researchers at Rutgers University found that 1 in every 1,000 Black men will be killed by police. Additionally, unarmed Black people are 3.5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police.
CFR primarily serves Black and Brown people who have been failed by systems meant to protect their families but instead perpetuate cruelty and racism. We are committed to working toward a world where all families – particularly Black families – can live without the traumas of separation and violence.