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Michigan cop charged with murder in Patrick Lyoya shooting

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement on the case:

June 9 (News) — Kent County, Michigan District Attorney Chris Becker on Thursday charged Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr with second-degree murder in the death of Patrick Lyoya.

“At the Attorney General’s Office, we understand the extraordinary resources required to assess police-related deaths, and I commend District Attorney Becker, his team and the Michigan State Police for the comprehensive review conducted over the past two months. We must now respect the judicial process and allow the facts to be presented in court.”

Schurr shot Lyoya on April 4 during a scuffle after a traffic stop.

If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

“I wouldn’t charge it if I didn’t think I could prove it,” Becker told the media gathered at the Michigan State Police station northwest of Grand Rapids.

An autopsy ordered by Lyoya’s family revealed that he had been shot in the back of the head.

Family attorney Ven Johnson noted that while Lyoya resisted arrest, the autopsy shows he “did not actively fight this officer, therefore you have no physical injuries to your ankles, face or body.” .

Lyoya was a 26-year-old Congolese refugee. His killing sparked protests in Grand Rapids, Detroit and elsewhere.

During the stop, Lyoya seemed confused about what was happening and attempted to back away from the officer, leading to a fight that ended with Schurr killing Lyoya.

The shooting was investigated by the Michigan State Police.

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