MDP statement on charges filed against Grand Rapids Police officer in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya

LANSING — Grand Rapids police officer, Christopher Schurr, was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Patrick Lyoya. The Kent County Prosecutor announced the intent to file criminal charges against Schurr after reviewing evidence from the Michigan State Police internal investigation of the April 4th shooting.

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes. 

“Today, the first step toward justice was made for the Lyoya family and the Grand Rapids community,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair, Lavora Barnes. “Mr. Lyoya’s death was senseless and avoidable, and our criminal justice system must hold officers like Christopher Schurr accountable for needlessly taking a life and betraying the trust of Grand Rapids citizens. I hope that full justice is served for the Lyoya family and applaud community members for their even-tempered support.”

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