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Protesters hold 4+ hour protest in downtown Grand Rapids following video release of Patrick Lyoya shooting death

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 06:32:26-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Protesters spent about 4 1/2 hours voicing their frustrationsfollowing the video release of the police killing of Patrick Lyoya.

Demonstrators gathered at Rosa Parks Circle at 5 p.m. Wednesday. They marched down Monroe Center to the police department headquarters.

The crowd did a march around the perimeter of the police department at one point.

FOX 17's Josh Berry reports that some protesters saw police in riot gear in a parking ramp and grew increasingly irritated. The organizers of the protest seemed to move the protesters along to keep things calm.

There were two large city vehicles that followed the back of the crowd during the marches to keep everyone safe and prevent vehicles from hitting the crowd when it was in the street.

The crowd wrapped up for the night around 9:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Organizers announced to the crowd that they would gather at Rosa Parks Circle again on Thursday at 5 p.m.


GRPD said the deadly shooting happened on Monday, April 4, after what police described as a “lengthy struggle.”

After a struggle over the officer’s taser that lasted approximately 90 seconds, the officer shot Lyoya once in the back of the head.

Cell phone footage from a witness shows the officer shooting Lyoya in the back of the head after telling him to let go of the taser.

Here's a timeline of events related to the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya:

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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