Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump speaks at forum for Patrick Lyoya

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 04/11/2022, 2:29 PM
Edited: 04/11/2022, 5:44 PM

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) A community forum was held Sunday afternoon at the Renaissance Church of God in Christ to discuss the death of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya and next steps. 

Ben Crump, the attorney who represented the family of George Floyd, met with the Lyoya family and spoke at the event. 

Lyoya was killed by a Grand Rapids Police officer on Monday, April 4. 

Grand Rapids Police say Lyoya was pulled over for a license plate that didn't match the vehicle registration.

According to police, Lyoya exited the vehicle and ran, then engaged in a struggle with the officer, during which time he was shot and killed.  

Lyoya's father Peter tells a different story. Peter was shown video of the incident earlier this week, and says his son was already out of the vehicle and that the officer shot his son in the back of the head. 

During the forum Crump said, "When that video is made public it is going to make people all over the world be emotional."

Crump also said, "That video is the truth, and we are here demanding truth, transparency that will lead us to justice."

Mark Washington, the manager for the City of Grand Rapids, echoed calls for transparency. 

"My hope is that we see everything about this incident that's available so there's transparency," said Washington. 

Israel Siku, the interpreter for the family, also saw the video and spoke at the event.

"I saw the video, I could not sleep," said Siku. 

Cle Jackson, the President of the NAACP Grand Rapids Chapter called for the video to be released immediately and asked for peace. 

"We want peace in the streets, because will never ever win the war in the streets," said Jackson.

The forum took place the day after hundreds of protesters marched in southeast Grand Rapids, calling for the video to be released to the public. 

Grand Rapids Chief of Police Eric Winstrom said the video will released to the public no later than Friday, April 15, at noon. 


Ann Marie Worthley
04/22/2022, 7:49 PM

Very sad.