Patrick Lyoya: Michigan officer charged with murder of motorist

Friday - 10/06/2022 05:51
A Michigan police officer has been charged with murder after shooting a Congolese immigrant in the back of the head during a traffic stop.
REUTERS  /Mr Lyoya appeared confused during the police stop
REUTERS /Mr Lyoya appeared confused during the police stop

Prosecutors say officer Christopher Schurr acted unreasonably and without justification by killing Patrick Lyoya, 26, in a scuffle over a Taser. 

The incident - which renewed the racially charged US debate over police brutality - led to widespread protests. 

Mr Schurr is charged with second-degree murder and could face life in prison.

Footage of the 4 April incident in the town of Grand Rapids, Michigan, shows Mr Lyoya fleeing from Mr Schurr on foot following a traffic stop.

The two men scuffle over Mr Schurr's Taser before he shoots Mr Lyoya, who was face-down on the ground. Police said that Mr Schurr, who is white, accidentally turned off his body camera during the altercation.


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