Funeral held for Patrick Lyoya, man shot & killed by Grand Rapids police officer

Posted at 6:13 AM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 18:18:36-04

(WXYZ) — The funeral for Patrick Lyoya, the man shot and killed by a Grand Rapids police officer, took place Friday at the Renaissance Church of God in Christ.

On April 4, the 26-year-old was pulled over by a police officer and later shot in the back of the head during a struggle with the officer.

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Since the video was released last week, protestors have been taking to the streets. In Lansing on Thursday, protestors supported Lyoya's family and calls for justice.

Civil rights icon Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy.

The family's attorney, Ben Crump, said they would use this as another opportunity to call out racist policing and demand the officer be charged.

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy at funeral for Patrick Lyoya

Police released several videos of the shooting last week. They say Lyoya was stopped for a mismatching license plate.

He got out of the car after being pulled over, then ran. The officer tackled him and can be heard in the video telling Lyoya to stop grabbing his taser.

That's when the officer shot Lyoya in the back of the head while he was face down in the grass.

Lyoya was an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family has called his death an execution.

Crump said he'll exhaust every opportunity to call out those who are responsible. That includes the officer who pulled the trigger and the department that trained him.

The officer's name has not yet been released, and there's no word on whether or not the officer will be charged.

State authorities say once they are done investigating, they'll forward their findings to the Kent County Prosecutor.