The department released video of a police body camera, a police unit’s dash cam, a cell phone and a home monitoring system as officials answered questions journalists at a press conference on the deadly April 4 incident.
Police said before the press conference that neither the videos nor the audio had been edited. Some video footage has been redacted or blurred to ensure confidentiality.
Police Chief Eric Winstrom said the officer will not be publicly identified unless there are criminal charges. The officer is on paid leave and his police powers have been suspended, the chief said. Michigan State Police are conducting a criminal investigation.
“The video clearly shows that this was a unnecessary, excessive and deadly use of force against an unarmed black man who was confused by the encounter and terrified for his life,” Crump said.
There have been multiple demonstrations and rallies on behalf of Lyoya. On Tuesday evening, dozens of people called for justice as they gathered outside a city commission meeting.
City officials said Wednesday they had taken “precautionary measures” around police headquarters ahead of planned protests. Several hundred people demonstrated outside the building after the video was released, many chanting “Justice for Patrick”.
What the videos show
The incident began just after 8 a.m. CT on April 4, when a police officer pulled over a vehicle for incorrect registration, authorities said. The officer has worked at the department for seven years, according to police.
Lyoya, who was driving, comes out to talk to the officer, show videos.
The videos include the approximately two minute and 40 second interaction, which begins with the officer walking towards the car. Lyoya is seen getting out of the vehicle and is ordered by the officer to “get back in the car…man I’m arresting you, do you have a license? Do you have a license?”
“Why?” Lyoya responds.
“I arrest you, do you have a license? Do you have a driver’s license, do you speak English?” he asks.
Lyoya confirms he speaks English and says his license is in the car. He opens the driver’s side entry door and speaks to an unidentified passenger in the car.
He then closes his door, turns his back on the officer and appears to be walking towards the front of the car.
“No, no, no, stop, stop,” the officer is heard saying, and he puts his hands on Lyoya’s shoulder and back.
Lyoya is seen resisting the officer’s touch and quickly walks away from the officer, running away before the officer tackles him to the ground.
The audio of Lyoya speaking is indistinguishable, but as he continues to resist arrest, the officer is heard repeatedly saying “Stop” and “Stop resisting”.
The video shows Lyoya getting up and standing, with the officer drawing and then deploying a Taser. Winstrom told reporters the Taser was deployed twice during the confrontation, but the teeth did not hit Lyoya.
“Drop the Taser,” the officer is heard saying on his body camera video.
At this point, the officer’s body-worn camera was disabled. Winstrom said that a button had to be pressed for three seconds to turn off the body camera and he believed Lyoya’s body pressure caused the deactivation.
Another angle of the incident, taken from a neighborhood home surveillance camera, captures the rest of the altercation.
After the officer says, “Drop the Taser”, the two continue to fight on the lawn of an unidentified residence. About 90 seconds later, the officer is heard shouting “Drop the Taser”, followed by “Drop the Taser”.
As the video is taken from a distance, less than three seconds later, the officer is heard shooting Lyoya, according to the audio of the video. Cellphone video also shows the killing blow.
Lyoya was shot in the head, the chief said.
“It should be noted that Patrick never used violence against this officer, even though the officer used violence against him on several occasions for what was a traffic stopping misdemeanor,” Crump said.
Asked by CNN what the police are trained to do in these situations, the chief said: “Usually the answer is that you try to take him into custody. … You try to secure this individual.
“The follow-up question, I’m sure, will be the use of force in politics, and I’m not going to comment on that. But the test is going to be whether, in the opinion of a reasonable police officer, if such deadly force was necessary to prevent the death or serious bodily harm to that officer.”
Winstrom said he spoke to the officer, who the chief said was in shock.
The family arrived in the United States in 2014
The Lyoya family moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States in 2014 and have worked with their representative, Pastor Israel Siku, since Patrick’s death. Siku’s first language is Swahili and he also acts as an interpreter for the Lyoyas.
He told CNN he was with Lyoya’s father just days after the shooting when they were asked by police to review video of the shooting.
Siku described the father’s reaction upon seeing the video: “He collapsed, he had nothing to say. He almost passed out.”
At a community forum on Sunday, Siku told a crowded church, “I saw the video, I couldn’t sleep.”
“The boy was on the ground, the cop as he lay on top of him pulls out his gun and shoots him in the head and backs away. Patrick didn’t move,” he added.
Michigan State Police are investigating
Michigan State Police said once the investigation is complete, the evidence will be turned over to the county attorney who will decide the charges.
Kent County District Attorney Christopher Becker asked the public for patience.
“The Michigan State Police’s independent investigation into the incident is not complete. This is an extremely critical incident, and one that everyone involved in the investigation takes very seriously.” , he said in a statement on Wednesday.
“…although the videos released today are important evidence, not all of them are evidence…By law, we are required to review all available evidence before determining whether charges should be brought. be carried, and if so, what should be the appropriate charges,” he said.
A death certificate stating the cause and circumstances of Lyoya’s death has been prepared, but will not be finalized until toxicology and tissue test results are received from a contracted lab, the official said. Kent County Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Stephen D. Cohle, in a Wednesday. statement, adding that his office has requested that the results be expedited.
The full autopsy report, which will be completed once toxicology and tissue test results are received, will not be available to the public until state police conclude their investigation, as it is the case in standard operating procedure, Cohle said.
The medical examiner said the family had also been offered the option of requesting an independent autopsy.
CNN’s Stefanie Becker and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.