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Hundreds march in downtown GR on 4th day of protests following Lyoya shooting death video release

Day 4 of protests in Grand Rapids underway following video release of Patrick Lyoya shooting death
Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-17 09:06:45-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Grand Rapids Saturday night to protest the killing of Patrick Lyoya.

This is the 4th night of demonstrations following the release of video showing the shooting death by a Grand Rapids police officer.

A smaller group of protesters remained walking through the downtown area as night fell.

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Watch the late-night protest here:

The demonstration started at Rosa Posa Parks Circle at 5 p.m. Saturday. As many as 500 marched through downtown streets for a couple hours. The crowd passed by the Kent County Courthouse, Calder Plaza, DeVos Place and other landmarks.

A little before 7 p.m., demonstrators marched into a section of road that is under construction and blocked off at Monroe & Fulton Street, west of Van Andel Arena. Some protesters became irritated by the closure but organizers redirected the crowd to turn around.

After 7 p.m., the crowd met up at the intersection of Louis and Ottawa in downtown Grand Rapids. It's at that intersection that State Police on bikes blocked the roadway preventing people from walking south on Ottawa toward Van Andel Arena where the Kid Rock concert is being held. There were a number of Grand Rapids Police officers behind the blockade.

The demonstrators chanted and yelled at police gathered at the intersection. The police remained silent.

State Police Officer and Protester

At 7:20 p.m., an organizer on a megaphone announced they are keeping it peaceful and dispersing from the area out of respect for the elders and the Lyoya family. He told those who remained that it was on them.

Protesters & Police
Protesters meet police blockade at intersection of Louis & Ottawa.

Around a dozen people remained at the intersection chanting and yelling at police until around 8 p.m.

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Watch the protest during daylight hours here:

The area of downtown Grand Rapids in dotted red lines shows the construction zone through August 2022.

Construction Zone
Construction is underway on Fulton Street and Monroe/Market through August 2022.

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