GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Protesters are gathering in the streets in Grand Rapids, Michigan following the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of a Black man by a police officer on April 4.
The newly-released videos were played at Wednesday’s news conference, showing the entire series of events leading up to the death of the young man, Patrick Lyoya, 26.
At the conference, the city’s police chief, Eric Winstrom, refused to name the officer who shot Lyoya because he has not been charged with any crime. The officer, however, is on paid leave pending the investigation.
The videos – from the police car’s camera, the camera worn by the officer, a neighborhood home surveillance camera, and the passenger’s phone – show Lyoya and another passenger being pulled over in a residential neighborhood. After the police car and the car Lyoya is driving come to a stop, Lyoya exits the vehicle despite the officer yelling at him to “stay in the car” repeatedly.
Lyoya, remaining outside of his vehicle, persistently asks the police officer what he did wrong. The officer informs him that “the plate does not belong on this car.” The officer then asks if he has a license, and asks Lyoya to get it from the car, and he opens the driver-side door and asks his passenger to get it for him. However, before the passenger can give him his license, Lyoya shuts the door and begins to walk away from the officer.
The officer follows Lyoya, and tries to restrain and handcuff him, but Lyoya starts fighting him and then tries to run away. The officer runs after him, eventually catching him and pinning him on the ground, yelling at him to “stop resisting” and to put his hands behind his back.
After gaining control of the situation, the police officer tries to bring Lyoya over to the police car but is again met with a struggle. It seems that the officer pulls out his taser, which is then grabbed by Lyoya. You can hear the officer repeatedly demand him to “let go of the taser,” which Lyoya doesn’t appear to listen to.
Stills from bodycam footage showing the struggle between Patrick Lyoya and the police officer for the taser.
The officer then fires his gun at Lyoya’s head, killing him. On the surveillance footage from the officer’s body camera, the camera was deactivated before the shooting.
Carmine Sabia reminds his Twitter followers that a taser is a deadly weapon and that Civil Rights leaders might “want to advise others to stop fighting the police and start cooperating.”
A Taser is a deadly weapon. Im sorry he died but all Patrick Lyoya had to do was not fight the police officer and he would be alive today. Civil Rights activists should advise others to stop fighting the police and start cooperating. That would be #JUSTICEFORPATRICKLYOYA. https://t.co/sRkMPkMqMU
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) April 13, 2022
After this footage was released, hundreds of people gathered outside of the Grand Rapids Police Department to protest the shooting of Lyoya, chanting “Black Lives Matter.”
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds gather outside the Grand Rapids Police Department to protest the shooting of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya. Police released videos of the deadly police shooting earlier today. @wwmtnews pic.twitter.com/tU0Drx3NJo
— Trisha McCauley (@TrishaWWMT) April 13, 2022
BLM agitators are itching for a riot:
People are preparing for mass violence in Grand Rapids, Mich. over the police-involved shooting death of #PatrickLyoya, a black man who tried to escape on foot, resisted arrest & then grabbed the officer's taser. #BLM pic.twitter.com/qvU0IAAx4L
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2022
“Non-violent” agitators pelted the front windows of the police station, forcing the police officers back inside for their safety. If this was January 6, the people throwing unidentified objects at police would have been arrested and placed in solitary confinement.
PD came back out, protesters screamed and some threw eggs. A protester screamed to keep things peaceful; megaphone person said if you want to “throw shit,” go home pic.twitter.com/ION5A0qhRt
— Sam Easter (@SamKWEaster) April 14, 2022
Protesters filled the streets of Grand Rapids calling out the name of Patrick Lyoya.
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) April 13, 2022
Watch the full video from the news conference here. For surveillance footage only, start at 27:13.