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Michigan Police Officer Charged with Murdering Patrick Lyoya

HeadlineJun 10, 2022

In Michigan, the Grand Rapids police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya has been charged with murder. Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker announced the charges on Thursday, more than two months after officer Christopher Schurr shot Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese refugee, in the back of the head during a traffic stop.

Christopher Becker: “Based on his investigation, based on everything he has provided to me, I’ve made the decision to charge Christopher Schurr with one count of second-degree murder. Second-degree murder is a felony offense. It is punishable by up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.” 

Video of Lyoya’s killing shows officer Schurr wrestled him to the ground, kicked and hit him, attempted to electrocute him with a Taser and pinned him on his stomach, before pulling his pistol and firing a single round into Lyoya’s head at close range. After the indictment was announced, the Grand Rapids police chief recommended that officer Christopher Schurr be fired.

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