Patrick Lyoya: Video Shows Michigan Cop Shooting Black Man While Kneeling On His Back

Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan released multiple videos showing an officer’s interaction with Patrick Lyoya moments before the officer shot him earlier this month.

On April 13, the department released approximately 20 minutes of footage assembling footage from the officer’s police car dashboard camera, the officer’s body-worn camera, footage from the surveillance footage from a nearby house and a phone video captured by someone in a car with Loyoya.

This video shows the officer – who has not been named – working to arrest Lyoya, a 26-year-old black man, before holding him down and shooting him.

Videos show the officer interacting with Lyoya after stopping him during a traffic stop. Lyoya gets out of the car, the officer asks him if he speaks English, and the officer tells him that the plates are not registered on the car as Lyoya asks what he did. The officer asks for his driver’s license, and Lyoya turns to the door and asks the passenger something that is inaudible in the video. Lyoya briefly points to the inside of the car, then closes the driver’s side door and begins to walk towards the front of the car.

Body camera footage shows the officer then saying “no, no, no, stop” and “put your hands behind your head” and grabbing Lyoya’s arms. We can then see Lyoya move away and run on the sidewalk before being tackled on a nearby lawn.

The two men are struggling on the ground, and the officer tells him to “stop resisting”.

The officer also draws his Taser and fires at Lyoya, who then appears to snatch it away from him.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom stands during a news conference showing video footage of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya.

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At that point, the officer’s camera was “disabled”, according to law enforcement.

“The button was pressed multiple times during the incident, but was only pressed once during the altercation,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom said during the interview. briefing on April 13.

The passenger’s phone video captures the officer pinning Lyoya to the lawn, face down, while shouting “drop the Taser”.

With his firearm drawn, he fires a shot at Lyoya. He tells the passenger who is filming the video to “come back”.

The officer fired a single shot into Lyoya’s head while his face was turned to the ground, according to Chief Winstrom.

The struggle lasted about 90 seconds and the officer fired the Taser twice, according to police. Both shots hit the ground and did not hit Lyoya.

Reinforcement officers arrived three minutes later. The police did not recover a weapon from Lyoya.

The officer – who has been with the force since 2015 – has been placed on administrative leave as Michigan State Police open an investigation, according to law enforcement officials.

Kent County prosecutors initially asked law enforcement not to release any evidence until an investigation was concluded. An autopsy report from the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office will not be released until the state police investigation is complete.

Lyoya’s family and the ACLU of Michigan called for the release of footage of the shooting, which his family and Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack called an “execution.”

The family emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014. Patrick Lyoya lived in Grand Rapids while the rest of the family lives in Lansing.

This is a developing story

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