The Grand Rapids Police Department on April 25 named Christopher Schurr as the officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop earlier this month.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom publicly identified Schurr after he previously said that he would only release the officer’s identity if there were criminal charges.
“In the interest of transparency, to reduce ongoing speculation, and to avoid any further confusion, I am confirming the name already publicly circulating — Christopher Schurr — as the officer involved in the April 4 officer-involved shooting,” Winstrom said in a statement.
Schurr remains on paid administrative leave without his police powers as a criminal investigation into the shooting continues, Winstrom said.
The release of Schurr’s identity came three weeks after the shooting.
“An intentional three-week delay in releasing the name of the involved officer, which they clearly knew at the moment of the shooting, is offensive and the exact opposite of being ‘transparent,'” Ven Jonhson, one of the the attorneys for Lyoya’s family said in a statement, according to USA Today.
“Once again, we see the Grand Rapids Police Department taking care of its own at the expense of the family’s mental health and well-being,” Johnson further said.
Previously, the police department released video footage that captured the encounter that led to the shooting.
The video showed Schurr walking towards Lyoya’s car. Lyoya left his car against Schurr’s instructions and tried to flee.
Schurr tackled Lyoya to the ground and deployed a taser, before shooting Lyoya in the head at close range.
An autopsy commissioned by Lyoya’s family determined that he was shot in the back of the head.
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