Patrick Lyoya: Grand Rapids NAACP Demand Prosecutor Recusal

They say Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker works too closely with Grand Rapids police.

Leaders of Grand Rapid, Michigan’s community organization are requesting Kent County Prosecutor’s recusal in Patrick Lyoya case.

According to MLive,  leaders of NAACP’s Urban League of West Michigan huddled with local pastors and groups in front of the Kent County Prosecutor's office on Tuesday (April 26).

They collectively feel Attorney General Dana Nessel is more equipped to make decisions, noting that Chris Becker’s affiliation with Grand Rapids police can hinder the case.

RELATED: Grand Rapids Police Release Video Of Patrick Lyoya Being Fatally Shot By Cop

Lyoya, 26, was fatally shot by Grand Rapids police officer Christopher Schurr on April 4.

Becket issued a statement during a press conference saying he doesn’t plan to recuse himself, despite demanding push from NAACP leaders.

“Because I do not know Officer Christopher Schurr, nor did I know Patrick Lyoya, the legal standard for recusal has not been met,” Becker argued. “I will continue to follow the law regarding this investigation, and I will wait for the report from the Michigan State Police to review the case in light of the law and the facts.”

President of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, Cle Jackson, says that Becker “needs to do the right thing. He has a long-standing relationship with the Grand Rapids Police Department, their command staff, their leadership.”

On the morning of April 4, Lyoya was stopped on Nelson Avenue. Officer Schurr told Lyoya to return to the inside of his vehicle and provide identification. Lyoya rejected the request and ran from Schurr. A 90-second fight broke out between the two, attempting to gain control of Schurr’s taser. Lyoya was then shot in the back of the head.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing one of the family member’s and called it a “deadly execution.”


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