During a traffic stop: a white American policeman shoots at African-Americans

During a traffic check
White American police officer shoots African Americans

Brutal police violence against black people happens again and again in the United States. Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan have now released multiple videos showing the killing of 26-year-old African American Patrick Lyoya by a white police officer. There are demonstrations in the city.

Once again, a deadly police operation in the United States caused a stir in which a black man died violently. Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan released multiple videos of the April 4 operation on Wednesday. A white police officer arrested Patrick Lyoya, 26, in his car that day because of a license plate irregularity. The two got into a physical altercation, ending with the officer shooting the man in the head from behind while he was on the ground.

Various videos document the deadly police operation.

(Photo: via REUTERS)

Police released multiple videos of the incident: from the officer’s body camera and his car’s camera, as well as from the surveillance camera of an adjacent house and the passenger’s cellphone camera. We see the sequence of the scene: The policeman therefore first asked Lyoya for his driver’s license. After a brief conversation, the 26-year-old attempted to walk away. The officer ran after him and knocked him to the ground in an adjacent front yard. A long fight ensued, in which the officer first used his taser, but Lyoya pushed that away. Eventually, as Lyoya lay on the ground beneath him, the policeman pulled out his gun and shot him in the back of the neck.

No weapons found in Lyoya

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom said the investigation is ongoing. The grievor is on leave until the process is complete. According to current knowledge, no weapon was found in Lyoya. When asked by a reporter if the Lyoya case was Michigan’s version of the Floyd case, Winstrom referenced the ongoing investigation and simply said, “I see this as a tragedy.” City officials spoke of a “very regrettable event” that naturally triggers anger and pain.

Protests erupted in Grand Rapids following Lyoya’s death. In the center of the city of 200,000, dozens of protesters gathered Wednesday evening (local time) with banners reading “Black Lives Matter”. Some of the protesters shouted, “No justice, no peace.”

In the United States, there are regular murderous police operations of the same nature, the case of George Floyd is representative: in May 2020, the African American died in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis. Videos showed officers pinning the unarmed man to the ground. White officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for a good nine minutes as Floyd begged him to breathe. The case has led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.

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