Ben Crump to give press conference on video of Lyoya’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Civil rights attorney Ben Crump will hold a news conference Thursday after the footage release showing a Grand Rapids officer shooting and killing Patrick Lyoya.

The press conference will be held at 1:30 pm at the Renaissance Church of God in Christ. It will be broadcast live on Lyoya’s family and Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack will also be at the news conference.

Crump, who represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, is representing Lyoya’s family.

Following the release of the footage Wednesday, Crump released a statement saying the officer used excessive force.

“Patrick Lyoya immigrated to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to pursue the American Dream and provide a better and safer life for himself and his family,” Crump said in a statement. “Instead, what found him was a fatal bullet to the back of the head, delivered by a Grand Rapids Police Department officer. The video clearly shows that this was an unnecessary, excessive and fatal use of force against an unarmed black man who was confused by the encounter and terrified for his life. It should be noted that Patrick never used violence against this officer even though the officer used violence against him in multiple instances for what was a misdemeanor traffic stop.

“We demand that the officer who killed Patrick not only be fired for his use of excessive and fatal force, but that he be arrested and prosecuted for the violent murder of Patrick Lyoya.”

Lyoya was killed during a traffic stop on april 14. The footage shows a lengthy struggle between Lyoya and a Grand Rapids Police Department officer before the officer shot and killed him.

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