Protests continue in Grand Rapids over fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya

GRAND RAPIDS — Demonstrators in Grand Rapids on Saturday continued to protest the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese refugee, returning for a fifth consecutive day of marches.

Lyoya was shot and killed by a Grand Rapids police officer April 4 during a traffic stop. The officer has not been charged in the shooting. Grand Rapids Police Department officials released footage of Lyoya’s shooting Wednesday.

Hundreds joined in demonstrations, with some groups traveling from out of state to participate. Speakers at the event implored the group to remain peaceful.

“Do not give them a reason,” said Brianna Pearson, one of the event organizers, as the police formed a barrier to prevent the group from continuing on Ottawa Avenue toward Van Andel Arena.

A crowd of over 300 people pause to listen to instructions before continuing to march in downtown Grand Rapids on April 16, 2022, to protest the killing of Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese refugee, by a Grand Rapids police officer April 4 .

At Van Andel Arena, artist Kid Rock was holding a concert. At several intersections near the arena, police formed barriers, separating the marchers from those attending the concert.

At times protesters would stop and confront officers, shouting and chanting at police, but no physical altercations took place.

The group eventually marched further away from downtown, at one point coming to a stop at the intersection of Fulton Street and Sheldon Avenue.

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