Detroit Evening Report, April 19, 2022: Attorneys for Patrick Lyoya’s family release results of independent autopsy

Dr. Werner Spitz, a world-renown forensic pathologist and Wayne State University professor, concluded that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head by the Grand Rapids police officer while being restrained on his stomach. 


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The attorneys for Patrick Lyoya’s family released the results of an independent autopsy Tuesday. The motorist was killed by a police officer on April 4 during a struggle after a traffic stop in Grand Rapids. Lyoya was Black. The officer was white. Attorneys Ben Crump and Ven Johnson are representing the family. During a morning news conference, Crump said there should be no dispute about the cause of death. “Based on scientific evidence, we can confirm that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of his head.” Crump also served as an attorney representing George Floyd’s family after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May 2020. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has asked the federal government to help investigate Lyoya’s death. The struggle and the shooting were captured on video.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.