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Attorney: Officer who shot & killed Patrick Lyoya should be charged with homicide

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 21:56:03-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As calls for justice continue following the police killing of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya last week, we spoke with a local attorney about that newly released video, showing his last moments.

Based on what he saw in it, attorney Ven Johnson says he believes the officer should be charged with some level of homicide.

"You can't kill people, unarmed people for traffic involved offenses, simply because they don't necessarily do everything the officer wants to," Johnson said. "And let's not forget, people of color have great reason to be very, very suspect of a white officer approaching...what I want everybody to think about is what would you expect to happen? If that man were a white man? Would you expect him to be shot in the back of the head while the officer was on top of them? And the answer is plain and simple. No.

How we got here:
Man shot, killed by officer during traffic stop in Grand Rapids
Man identified in Grand Rapids officer-involved shooting
Family demands answers, remembers life of man killed in GR officer-involved shooting
GRPD Chief on delaying release of video: this is not a cover-up
Kent County prosecutor: GRPD can share video of officer-involved shooting without his approval
‘I’m bleeding. I’m hurt:’ Father wants video of deadly officer-involved shooting released
Hundreds march against killing of Patrick Lyoya by a Grand Rapids police officer
Vigil for Patrick Lyoya, man who died after being shot by GR police officer
National and local leaders hold forum after Patrick Lyoya shot and killed by GR police officer
Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump calling for police video of Lyoya’s death to be released
Officer who killed Patrick Lyoya has not been interviewed 1 week after shooting
GR Mayor speaks after death of Patrick Lyoya, asks community to trust the process
Group plans to march to Grand Rapids City Commission meeting following shooting death of Patrick Lyoya
Multiple videos of deadly officer-involved shooting to be released
Barricade goes up outside Grand Rapids Police headquarters
Group marches to Grand Rapids City Commission meeting
People demand answers at GR City Commission meeting following Lyoya death
What we know ahead of GRPD 3 p.m. video release of Patrick Lyoya killing by officer
Kent County medical examiner releases statement regarding Patrick Lyoya's autopsy
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