Michigan officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya, prosecutor announces
A Michigan prosecutor has charged a Grand Rapids police officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya during a traffic stop in April with one count of second-degree
A Michigan prosecutor has charged a Grand Rapids police officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya during a traffic stop in April with one count of second-degree murder.
Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker announced his decision Thursday after he spent six weeks reviewing forensic and toxicology reports, as well as the results of an official investigation conducted by Michigan State Police.
"This is not a quick decision I took lightly," Becker said when announcing the charge. "I hope that it sends the message that we take these cases seriously."
"Everyone thinks prosecutors are an arm or branch for police and we are not ... Our duty is public safety, we work with them but we don't work for them."
Becker said charges have already been filed against Officer Christopher Schurr. The officer has turned himself in and will be arraigned on Friday, he added.