Patrick Lyoya fatal shooting
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Michigan police station Wednesday after officials released footage of a black man shot in the back of the head in a struggle during a traffic stop on April 4.
Videos were released on Wednesday of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Liuya, the black man who was stopped during a traffic stop.
Liuya, 26, was shot and killed April 4 by a police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a struggle in which the two men appeared to quarrel over Officer Taser.
A video clip showed that the suspect got out of the car against the officer’s orders and tried to escape from it.
Police said he then tried to grab the officer’s stun gun in a struggle that lasted about 90 seconds.
Liuya is eventually forced to the ground by the policeman, who kneels on his back trying to subdue him while ordering him to “drop the taser!” According to the shots.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Weinstrom has released four videos of the deadly standoff, including footage from Liuya’s passenger, who got out of the car to film the melee.
At one point, although it is not clear when exactly due to the proximity of the conflict and poor camera quality from the surveillance video across the street, the officer took out the bolt.
He can be heard shooting twice, but according to Cedar Rapids Police Chief Eric Weinstrom, the Taser mistook Team Lyoya both times.
The two continue to struggle and at certain moments both men seem to have their hands on a gun.
The two men fell to the ground again as the officer repeatedly told Liuya to let go of the taser.
At some point, the passenger can be heard saying that Lyoya is not touching the Taser.
For the second night in a row, the streets of Grand Rapids filled with chants of “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace.”
Demonstrators attacked the police department, accusing it of using excessive and racist force against the uncooperative suspect.