Detroit Evening Report: April 28, 2022: Police union defends officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya

The Grand Rapids Police Department Headquarters is barricaded on April 12, 2022, prior to the release of video related to the killing of Patrick Lyoya.

 

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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. 

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  • 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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  • Nargis Rahman

    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.