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Lawmakers, local leaders react to prosecutor's decision to charge officer who shot & killed Patrick Lyoya

Patrick Lyoya
Posted at 3:58 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-11 15:52:28-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lawmakers and local leaders are reacting to Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker’s decision to charge the officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced Officer Christopher Schurr is being charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Lyoya.

The 26-year-old was shot in the back of the head by Officer Christopher Schurr the morning of April 4 near Griggs and Nelson on the city's southeast side.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement after the announcement:

AG Nessel on Lyoya Investigation

FOX 17 reached out to the Grand Rapids Police Officer's Association, who replied: "No comment other than the GRPOA is standing with Chris."

Representative Andy Levin tweeted the following message:

The NAACP Grand Rapids branch released the following statement ahead of a 4 p.m. press conference Thursday:

NAACP, GR on Lyoya Investigation

Former Michigan Congressman Justin Amash tweeted the following message:

National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump responded to Becker's decision with the following statement:

Ben Crump on Lyoya Investigation

Crump later also released a joint statement with Ven Johnson, who both represent the Lyoya family:

Joint statement from Ben Crump and Ven Johnson

John E. Johnson Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights released the following statement:

John E. Johnson, Jr. on Lyoya Investigation

Senator Winnie Brinks from Grand Rapids also released a statement:

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Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes released this statement:

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Here's a statement from the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus regarding the charges:

Michigan Legislative Black Caucus on Lyoya Investigation

Schurr's defense attorneys released the following statement:

Statement from Schurr's defense attorneys.png

Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon released the following statement:

Dixon on Lyoya Death Investigation

Dixon goes on to say:

Dixon on Lyoya Death Investigation

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