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White Michigan police officer charged with Black man’s murder -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: The Black Power Fist is thrown by mourners at Patrick Lyoya’s funeral. Patrick Lyoya (an unarmed Blackman) was fatally shot and killed on April 4th in Grand Rapids. He was stopped for speeding in front of the Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids.

(Reuters) – A Michigan prosecutor has filed a second-degree murder charge against a police officer of color who shot and killed a Black motorist in Grand Rapids, Michigan two months ago.

Christopher Becker (the Kent County prosecuting lawyer) announced the decision to indict Christopher Schurr for the shooting death Patrick Lyoya on April 4. Lyoya was a Congolese refugee of 26 years.

Lyoya’s murder shocked his loved ones and triggered protests from activists condemning the use of deadly force against Black youth by police.

Lyoya had an autopsy performed by a pathologist. The officer was said to have held the gun up to his head, fired once and then turned the weapon around.

Becker stated that Schurr turned himself into authorities, and would face trial on Friday. Second-degree murder charges carry a maximum term of life in prison, with the possibility for parole.