Prosecutor asking authorities to hold off on releasing video from officer involved shooting

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 04/08/2022, 2:28 AM
Edited: 04/09/2022, 1:16 PM

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) It's been three days since 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya was killed by a Grand Rapids Police officer. 

Police say the shooting happened after the officer initiated a traffic stop. 

The officer involved is currently on leave.

Michigan State Police are conducting the investigation. 

Earlier this week Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom met with Lyoya's family. 

The GRPD said they were expecting that video from the incident would be released next week. 

But on Thursday Christopher Becker, the Kent County Prosecutor, announced that he would like authorities to hold off on releasing video from the incident. 

"The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to the collection and preservation of evidence in this matter with one goal in mind: the pursuit of the truth," said Becker in a news release. "It is essential in the pursuit of justice to allow the investigation to continue to completion before partial information, including video evidence, is released to the public. There are still many questions which remain unanswered. As is our policy with any ongoing investigation, we do not release any material for public consumption."

Becker's office says the state police still have multiple witnesses left to interview and are going through forensic evidence and video related to the incident.

"While I am committed to the transparency of the process, I also must follow legal and ethical duties to ensure the integrity of the investigation by ensuring that information regarding the event that could compromise the investigation is not released," said Becker. "I am asking for the public’s patience and understanding so that the investigation can be completed and achieve it's goal for a just result for all involved."


Ann Marie Worthley
04/22/2022, 7:55 PM

Very sad.