Police violence: Lyoya case: Lawyer sees “execution”

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Lyoya case: Lawyer sees “execution”

A police officer in Grand Rapids is stalking Patrick Lyoya. Photo: Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press/AP/dpa

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After another black man was killed by a white police officer in the United States, a lawyer speaks of an “execution”. He calls for a thorough investigation into the case.

After the death of a young black man in a brutal police operation in the USA, one of the relatives’ lawyers speaks of an “execution”.

The police officer escalated a simple traffic stop to an “execution,” said lawyer Ben Crump on Friday at the funeral service for Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prominent civil rights activist Al Sharpton called for the US Department of Justice to start an investigation into the case. “Enough is enough,” he complained, referring to many other cases of deadly police violence against black people in the United States. “It’s time to march again,” Sharpton warned. “It’s time to fight again.”

It was just a license plate

A white police officer shot Lyoya on April 4th. The officer stopped the 26-year-old in a car that day – because of an irregularity on the license plate. The two got into a physical altercation, ending with the officer shooting Lyoya in the head from behind while Lyoya was lying on the ground beneath him. This emerges from video footage of the scene released by the police after the incident. According to the police so far, no weapon was found near Lyoya. The investigation is ongoing. The officer has been placed on leave pending completion.

Lyoya fled Congo with his family and came to the United States. Sharpton said, “Patrick came here in search of a better life and encountered an America we know all too well.”

In the United States, deadly police operations of a similar nature occur with sad regularity. The case of George Floyd is representative of this: In May 2020, the African American died in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis. Videos documented police officers pinning the unarmed man to the ground. White officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for a good nine minutes while Floyd begged him to breathe. The case led to nationwide protests against police violence and racism. Crump also represented the Floyd family.


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