DETROIT (AP) — An unbiased post-mortem confirms that Patrick Lyoya, a Black man, was shot in the back of the head by a Michigan police officer whereas facedown on the bottom, legal professionals for his household stated Tuesday.
The discovering by a former Detroit-area health worker matches what was seen final week on video launched by the Grand Rapids police chief. The official post-mortem report hasn’t been launched to the general public.
Lyoya was killed on the finish of a site visitors cease in western Michigan on April 4. He and the white officer bodily struggled on the bottom earlier than the 26-year-old refugee from Congo was shot.
Lyoya wasn’t armed, although the officer was heard on video demanding that he take his hand off a police Taser.
“This unbiased post-mortem report confirms what all of us witnessed within the horrifying video footage: Unarmed Patrick Lyoya was acutely aware till the bullet entered his head, immediately ending what might have been an extended and fruitful life,” lawyer Ben Crump stated.
The post-mortem was carried out by Dr. Werner Spitz. Crump stated Lyoya might have lived till his early 80s.
The officer, whose name hasn’t been released, is heard saying throughout a site visitors cease that the license plate didn’t match the automobile. Lyoya declined to get again into the car as ordered, and a brief foot chase ensued.
Within the remaining moments, the officer was on high of Lyoya, attempting to subdue him. He fired his gun after demanding that Lyoya drop his police Taser.
State police will give their findings to the Kent County prosecutor for consideration of any charges.
Lyoya’s funeral is deliberate for Friday at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. The Rev. Al Sharpton’s Nationwide Motion Community stated it would assist cowl the associated fee. He’ll ship a eulogy.
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