Last night, Tudor Dixon, a GOP candidate for governor in Michigan, appeared on Detroit’s Fox 2 “Let it Rip” show to discuss the April 13 release of a video showing the tragic shooting death of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya, a black male who was shot by a white Grand Rapids, MI police officer on April 4.
The newly-released videos played at Wednesday’s news conference with the Grand Rapids Police chief reveal the events leading up to the death of Patrick Lyoya.
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.
Watch close up video below:
What is he doing with the Taser in his hand then dude? Borrowing it? pic.twitter.com/L9aIqgLh9e
— JimmyTwoTimesGtpGtp (@Jimi2TimesGTPx2) April 14, 2022
Stills from bodycam footage show the struggle between Patrick Lyoya and the police officer for the taser.
The police officer pins Lyoya again, then grabs the officer’s taser. As this is taking place, the passenger of the vehicle has gotten out of the car and is recording on his cell phone.
The officer then fires his gun at Lyoya’s head, killing him. The camera was deactivated on the surveillance footage from the officer’s body camera 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 on social media were pushing 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 were 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
Fox 2’s “Let it Rip” show has a reputation for inviting 2-3 guests with liberal viewpoints to join their leftist hosts to attack the views of a lone conservative. Anytime a conservative appears on the mob mentality show, they are to be commended for their courage. Today, we commend GOP candidate for governor Tudor Dixon, for her courage, for facing the mini-mob of “Let it Rip” hosts Roop Raj and Charlie (fake conservative) Langton, for her fearless defense of the unnamed Grand Rapids Police officer.
Let it Rip host Roop Raj began his segment by informing their audience that a 26-year-old unarmed man was shot dead by the Grand Rapids Police officer. He then asked Dixon why she believed he wasn’t armed?
“I would argue that he wasn’t unarmed,” Dixon told Raj, adding, “He had taken the police officer’s taser. For a minute, the police officer asked him to drop the taser—demanded he drop the taser. He refused to do that—he’s struggling—that police officer was at the moment where he knew his life was in danger.”
“Why not wait—-for the investigation to continue? Why just jump in a day after the video comes out? ” Raj asked.
“Why do we continually glorify criminals and criminalize the police? Why are we saying the police officer was wrong right off the bat? This is a new thing that has happened in the last few years where we criminalize our police. We struggle to get police officers to get into our departments today. And police don’t want to be in these police departments because of these very things. Because when there’s an incident like this, he is immediately criminalized,” Dixon told the leftist hosts.
Leftist host Charlie Langton asked Dixon why the Grand Rapids Police officer didn’t just let him run away?
Perhaps Charlie forgot to watch the video before he appeared on the leftist mob show <insert eyeball roll here>. The police officer was engaged in a wrestling match with Lyoya, who began to fight with the police and then took his taser. “If that officer is tased and he grabs his gun—what is the next step there?” Dixon asked.
Dixon then slammed the media for their part in criminalizing the police officer with their knee-jerk reactions that usually result in an attack on the police officer in these racially charged incidents. “I think it’s not gonna help that the media comes out right away and criminalizes the police officer,” she said.
“If it had gone the other way and the police officer were the one that was dead today—would we be talking about it?” she asked.
“What needed to happen is he needed to obey what the police officer said,” Dixon explained.
Tudor Dixon is running against a crowded field of GOP candidates, including two top law enforcement officers in Michigan, including former Detroit Chief James Craig, who claims he doesn’t know all of the facts and refuses to comment on the situation and Michigan State Police Captain Mike Brown. Brown may not be able to comment on the incident since the investigation has been handed over to Michigan State Police shortly after the shooting.
To date, Dixon has come out with the most vigorous defense of police officers.
Here is the link to Tudor Dixon’s campaign website: TudorDixon.com
Anytime a life is lost, it’s a tragedy. Whether it’s a baby being ripped limb-by-limb from the womb where God placed it, or a person involved in an altercation with a police officer that leads to the death of the police officer or the person being confronted by the police—it’s a horrible tragedy.
It’s obviously too early to know exactly what happened in this case, but should the media and BLM protesters immediately assume the police officer was in the wrong because the person who was killed is black or because they were unarmed in the initial stages of the altercation?