Grand Rapids, Michigan — Prosecutors have announced Thursday that they will be charged with the death of Patrick Ryoya, a black man who stood on the ground when he was shot behind his head by a Michigan police officer.
Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker gave no hint, saying he would reveal his “decision to prosecute” at a press conference in the afternoon at Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
Ryoya, a 26-year-old refugee from Congo, was killed by Grand Rapids police officer Christopher Sur after a traffic outage on April 4.
According to the video, Caucasian Sur told Ryoya that he stopped him because the license plate did not match the vehicle.
Ryoya started running after being asked for a driver’s license. Sur quickly caught him, but the pair physically struggled across the lawn in the front yard of a residential area while Ryoya’s passengers were recording the scene over the phone.
Ryoya was on the ground when Sur shot him. He had requested Ryoya to let go of the officer’s Taser, the video showed.
Sur, who has been on vacation since the shooting, has not publicly talked about what happened.
Ryoya’s parents demanded that he be charged with a crime and fired.
Grand Rapids police charge for Patrick Ryoya’s shooting – Chicago Tribune
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