Grand Rapids police released numerous recordings of an officer’s confrontation with Patrick Lyoya earlier this month on Wednesday, including two that show the fatal shot fired during a scuffle following a traffic check.
Patrick lyoya shooting video
At a news conference about the deadly April 4 incident, the department shared video from a police body camera, a police unit’s dashcam, a cell phone, and a home surveillance system as authorities answered reporters’ questions.
Before the press conference, police stated that neither the videos nor the audio had been manipulated. To safeguard privacy, some video pictures were deleted or obscured.
The video shows Lyoya getting up and standing, the officer drawing and then deploying a Taser. Winstrom told reporters the Taser was deployed twice during the confrontation but the prongs didn’t hit Lyoya.
The officer will not be identified publicly unless criminal charges are filed, according to Police Chief Eric Winstrom.
The officer has been placed on paid leave, and his police powers have been revoked, according to the chief. A criminal investigation is being conducted by Michigan State Police.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump — who has represented high-profile victims of police violence — has been retained by the Lyoya family and pushed for the officer to be fired and charged.
“The video clearly shows that this was an unnecessary, excessive, and fatal use of force against an unarmed Black man who was confused by the encounter and terrified for his life,” Crump said.
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