Patrick Lyoya: Protests continue on in Grand Rapids around deadly law enforcement shooting of Black man

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Protesters marched by means of downtown Grand Rapids chanting and at moments blocking visitors Friday evening, demanding accountability for the deadly police shooting of Patrick Lyoya.

“Until we all appear alongside one another as people who like other people today and human beings, what occurred to Patrick in Grand Rapids is going to occur to somebody in one more town,” a protester named Dennis Boatwright advised Online News 72h.

“The typical people today have to have to arrive out and keep our culture accountable for keeping racist sights,” Boatwright continued.


Quite a few rallies have been held in downtown Grand Rapids due to the fact the fatal shooting of Lyoya by a law enforcement officer on April 4.

Protesters at occasions blocked targeted traffic as they marched through downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Online News 72h Electronic/Lisa Bennatan)


The Grand Rapids officer pulled Lyoya around  because his license plate didn’t match his vehicle, in accordance to police. Lyoya obtained out of the car and commenced to go away the scene during the exchange, video produced by the city’s law enforcement office on Wednesday confirmed.

Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old man from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shot and killed by an officer on April 4.

Patrick Lyoya, a 26-12 months-outdated male from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shot and killed by an officer on April 4.
(Grand Rapids Police Department)

Just after a short foot chase, the officer grabbed Lyoya and the two grappled for about two and a 50 % minutes, inevitably having difficulties around the cop’s Taser. The officer shot Lyoya after in the head, killing him, according to Grand Rapids police.

After struggling over a Taser, the officer pulled his handgun and shot Patrick Lyoya once in the head.

Soon after struggling in excess of a Taser, the officer pulled his handgun and shot Patrick Lyoya after in the head.
(Grand Rapids Law enforcement Department)

“We want equal justice. We want police held accountable,” a protester named Angie told Online News 72h as she marched downtown.

Boatwright mentioned “the police officer that killed Patrick, he need to be billed.”

One protester holds a sign reading

A person protester retains a signal studying “This is an execution” outside a barricaded Grand Rapids Police Office
(Online News 72h Electronic/Lisa Bennatan)

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A protester named Jackie stated she would like “justice for Patrick,” and “extra schooling for police officers.” 

“There really should be social employees. They need to have to choose racism classes,” Jackie ongoing.

An additional protest is predicted Saturday evening.

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