PATRICK LYOYA was shot in the back of the head by a police officer, becoming the youngest black person to be killed by law after a tragic shooting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The 26-year-old was the father of two children gunned down after being stopped by police. But what was his criminal history?
What was Patrick Lyoya’s criminal history?
Lyoya appears to have no prior or criminal record.
Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he came to the United States with his family in 2014.
According to the office of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Lyoya family, he had lived in Grand Rapids for about five years.
Why was Patrick Lyoya arrested?
Lyoya was stopped around 8:00 am near the intersection of Griggs and Nelson in the south-east of the city.
Officials say the stop was because of an incorrect number plate on the car Lloya was driving.
What Happened in the Grand Rapids Shooting
Lyoya died around 8 a.m. Monday, April 4, following a traffic delay near the intersection of Griggs and Nelson in the south-east of the city.
A passenger was also in the vehicle at the time.
Video footage shows Lyoya getting out of the vehicle after the stop, the officer walks up to him and tells him to stay in the car.
The two appear to chat for a few minutes before Lyoya walks away.
Video of the incident – which is 20 minutes long – shows the officer grabbing him and Lyoya trying to escape.
The officer then chases him to the ground and throws him to the ground on a nearby lawn, yelling at him to “stop resisting” as he and Lyoya wrestle for control.
The officer then takes out his taser pistol and fires it at Lyoya, but misses. Lyoya then appears to grab the officer’s taser gun.
The officer repeatedly tells him to “let go” of the gun before taking out his pistol and pointing it at Lyoya’s back while apparently having Lyoya face down on the ground.
He asks Lyoya to release the taser gun again before firing a fatal shot to his head, killing him instantly.
At no time was Lyoya armed with a deadly weapon.
After the horrific incident, his grieving father said the police officer killed Patrick “execution style”, adding he “would rather see him disabled than dead”.
Israel Siku, an interpreter for the family, added: “You could shoot him in the leg. They could shoot him in the back, maybe they could give him a chance to call his father.
“But shoot him in the back of the head? This is inexcusable. You can’t explain that. It’s an execution style.
The white officer has been with the department since 2015. His name was not published.
Michigan State Police and the Kent County Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident, but a decision on possible charges is not expected this week
NAACP President Derrick Johnson demanded that the officer be “held accountable.”
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