Who Was Patrick Lyoya and What Happened in the Grand Rapids Shooting?

PATRICK LYOYA is the youngest black man shot dead by police officers after a tragic Michigan shooting.

The father of two was gunned down after being pulled over by police in Grand Rapids. But who was he and what happened in the Grand Rapids shootings?

Lyoya was shot dead by police officers after a traffic stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Lyoya was shot dead by police officers after a traffic stop in Grand Rapids, MichiganPhoto credit: Reuters

Who was Patrick Lyoya?

Patrick Lyoya was a 26-year-old father of two.

He was originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the office of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Lyoya family, Lyoya had lived in Grand Rapids for about five years.

Mr. Lyoya’s family was from Lansing, Michigan and was part of a small Congolese community in western Michigan of about 700 people.

He leaves behind a two-year-old and a three-month-old child.

What happened in the Grand Rapids shooting?

Lyoya died around 8 a.m. Monday, April 4, following a traffic delay near the intersection of Griggs and Nelson in the south-east of the city.

Officials say the stop was because of an incorrect number plate on the car Lloya was driving.

A passenger was also in the vehicle at the time.

Video footage shows Lyoya getting out of the vehicle after the stop, the officer walks up to him and tells him to stay in the car.

The two appear to chat for a few minutes before Lyoya walks away.

Video of the incident – which is 20 minutes long – shows the officer grabbing him and Lyoya trying to escape.

The officer then chases him to the ground and throws him to the ground on a nearby lawn, yelling at him to “stop resisting” as he and Lyoya wrestle for control.

The officer then takes out his taser pistol and fires it at Lyoya, but misses. Lyoya then appears to grab the officer’s taser gun.

The officer repeatedly tells him to “let go” of the gun before taking out his pistol and pointing it at Lyoya’s back while apparently having Lyoya face down on the ground.

He asks Lyoya to release the taser gun again before firing a fatal shot to his head, killing him instantly.

At no time was Lyoya armed with a deadly weapon.

After the horrific incident, his grieving father said the police officer killed Patrick “execution style”, adding he “would rather see him disabled than dead”.

Israel Siku, an interpreter for the family, added: “You could shoot him in the leg. They could shoot him in the back, maybe they could give him a chance to call his father.

“But shoot him in the back of the head? This is inexcusable. You can’t explain that. It’s an execution style.

The white officer has been with the department since 2015. His name was not published.

Michigan State Police and the Kent County Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident, but a decision on possible charges is not expected this week

NAACP President Derrick Johnson demanded that the officer be “held accountable.” Who Was Patrick Lyoya and What Happened in the Grand Rapids Shooting?


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