The April 4 fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old African Immigrant, by an unnamed white Grand Rapids police officer once again reignited calls for police reform and justice last week as another Black person was killed during an interaction with law enforcement. While marches and rallies fill the streets of Grand Rapids, Lyoya’s parents are demanding justice and the name of the officer responsible for taking their son’s life.

Shooting of Patrick Lyoya

Flowers, letters and stuffed animals at the trunk of a tree on Nelson Avenue and Griggs Street in southeast Grand Rapids, where the shooting of Patrick Lyoya occurred. | Photo by Bryce Huffman, BridgeDetroit

As Michigan State Police continues its independent investigation, One Detroit’s Will Glover catches up with BridgeDetroit reporter Bryce Huffman, who’s been on the ground in Grand Rapids reporting on the city’s reaction to the incident, for an update on where the case stands. Huffman, who previously covered the Grand Rapids Police Department, shares his thoughts on the tragic shooting of Patrick Lyoya and the previous racial issues the police department has dealt with.


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