The father of Patrick Lyoya mentioned his son was “killed like an animal” after lately launched movies confirmed the 26-year-old Black man being fatally shot by a police officer throughout a visitors cease. The household fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014 for a safer life in the U.S.
“I got here right here to avoid wasting my household,” Peter Lyoya advised CBS News. “My son has been killed like an animal.”
“The one [who] was imagined to be defending Patrick’s life, is the one [who] killed Patrick and take Patrick’s life away,” he added.
Attorney Ben Crump, joined by Lyoya’s dad and mom and a Congolese interpreter, known as for accountability on Thursday.
“As his mom and father mentioned, they consider their son was executed,” Crump mentioned.
Grand Rapids police say they will not establish the officer except he is named as a suspect.
City leaders are calling for calm till Michigan State Police end their investigation.
“We will search transparency. We will search fact. Justice requires that this matter be dealt with pretty and effectively,” Brandon Davis, director of oversight and public accountability for the City of Grand Rapids, mentioned Wednesday.
Demonstrators marched by way of downtown for the second straight night time on Thursday, CBS Kalamazoo, Michigan affiliate WWMT-TV reported. Like the bigger protest the night time earlier than, Thursday’s was loud however peaceable. The demonstrators had been demanding that the officer’s identify be launched and that he face prison fees.
On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Police Departmentdisplaying the confrontation on April 4.
The officer, who’s White, pulls Lyoya over for driving with mismatched plates. Lyoya will get out of his automotive and the officer tells him to remain in the automotive, however Lyoya stays outdoors of the car.
When the officer asks to see a license, Lyoya asks: “What did I do incorrect?”
When the officer tells Lyoya to place his palms behind his head, he resists after which flees on foot.
The officer tackles Lyoya on a close-by garden and the 2 battle on the bottom. The officer fires his Taser twice, however misses. Both males attain for the Taser, and the officer says, “Let go of the Taser.”
The officer’s physique digicam goes off, although it is unclear why. But different movies present that whereas on prime of Lyoya, the officer takes out his gun and fires one shot to the pinnacle.