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The union representing police officers in Grand Rapids is defending the white officer who killed Patrick Lyoya early this month. Lyoya, a Black man, died on April 4 after being shot in the back of the head. The Grand Rapids Police Officers Association says Lyoya’s death is “tragic,” but it also says officers have a “legal right to protect themselves and community” in a volatile situation. Meanwhile, a Grand Rapids City Commission meeting abruptly ended Tuesday night as residents used profanities and expressed anger over Lyoya’s killing. Lyoya was killed by Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr after a brief struggle, following a traffic stop.
Other headlines for April 28, 2022:
- Special election will be held on May 3 for the 15th District in the State House
- The City of Detroit has planted 5,500 trees since 2017 as part of effort to create healthier, safer neighborhoods
- Muslims Building Bridges resumes unity iftars after two-year hiatus
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