Michigan Police Officer Charged with Murder in Fatal Shooting of Patrick Lyoya

A Michigan prosecutor has charged a Grand Rapids police officer with one count of second-degree murder who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya during a traffic stop in April.

Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese immigrant, was shot in the head on April 4 after Grand Rapids officer Christopher Schurr pulled him over for an unregistered license plate. 

A body camera video showed Schurr shouting at Lyoya to get back in his car at the start of the footage, which the Grand Rapids police released nine days after the shooting.

NBC News reported that Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker announced his decision on Thursday after he spent six weeks analyzing forensic and toxicology reports and the official investigation results conducted by Michigan State Police. 

“This is not a quick decision I took lightly. I hope that it sends the message that we take these cases seriously. I hope that it sends the message that we take these cases seriously,” Becker said.

According to ABC News, Becker said charges have already been filed against Schurr, who has turned himself in and will be arraigned on Friday.

“Today is the first day of what I believe to be, and hope, pray to be, ultimate justice for Patrick Lyoya. We’ve waited 65 days since the date of his death. For this decision, the family has prayed about it, talked about it, and done everything that they know how to do to encourage this,” Atty. Ven Johnson said in an interview with ABC News.

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