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Protests continue for 5th day in Grand Rapids over fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya

A crowd of over 300 people 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 on April 4. (Photo via Detroit Free Press)

American demonstrators demanding an end to police brutality and racial discrimination have staged another protest march in Grand Rapids, Michigan, following the police killing of Patrick Lyoya.

The protest held on Saturday marks the fifth consecutive day of marches following the release of a video showing the shooting death of Lyola, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

A protest of about 500 people is marching through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the police killing of Patrick Lyoya on April 4th. Lyoya was on his stomach when he was shot in the head by a GRPD officer after a brief struggle.

— Doug Reardon (@ReardonReports) April 16, 2022

The 26-year-old Congolese refugee was killed during a traffic stop by an unidentified Michigan officer who has not been charged and is currently on paid leave while investigations are being carried out.

On Thursday, Lyoya's family demanded that Michigan's city officials and law enforcement authorities publicly name the officer who shot Patrick, dismiss him from working in the police force and file criminal charges against him.

Meanwhile, as the Lyoya family wait for the authorities to announce their decision, peaceful protests continue.

Video footage from the incident on April 4th shows Lyoya getting shot in his head while attempting to stop the officer from using his Taser on him after a confrontation following the traffic check.

In this regard, African American writer and journalist Abayomi Azikiwe said the unjust US government system was to blame for the killing.

The system “must be overthrown to achieve justice for African Americans,” he said.

This comes after the conviction of three white men for shooting dead unarmed Black man Ahmaud Arbery in February in the US state of Georgia.

On February 23, 25-year-old Arbery was shot dead in the small coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia. The incident captured on video went viral on social media.

“This is a pattern that's been going on for many years in the United States,” said Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire.

US President Joe Biden, who rose to power vowing to bring justice for the Blacks, has confessed to the government's need for "hard work".

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