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Protestors at City Commission meeting, NAACP demand footage and investigation into Patrick Lyoya's death

Well over a hundred people marched downtown to the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting to voice their opinions to city leaders.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The community marched through downtown to the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting ahead of the anticipated video release of the police killing of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya.

Organizers are speaking at the meeting, calling for the immediate release of the video and demanding that city officials hold GRPD accountable.

Grand Rapids city officials said they will release multiple sources of video, including body camera footage, Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

Shortly after the march began Tuesday night, the NAACP also demanded that there be a full, transparent investigation into his death.

A Grand Rapids Police officer, who has yet to be publicly identified, shot and killed Lyoya during an altercation last week.   

The incident happened Monday, April 4 just after 8 a.m. near the intersection of Griggs Street and Nelson Avenue SE. in Grand Rapids. 

'Justice for Patrick Lyoya' march begins in Grand Rapids

The community is marching to the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting ahead of the anticipated video release of the police killing of Patrick Lyoya. *WARNING: This video feed may contain profanity and may not be suitable for all viewers.* Full story: https://bit.ly/3vdUONB

Posted by 13 On Your Side on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom announced Tuesday afternoon that he will host a news conference Wednesday at 3 p.m. where he'll publicly release multiple videos of the killing of Patrick Lyoya. 

You can watch the news conference live on 13OnYourSide.com

The expected release of the video comes after increasing community pressure to do so. 

There have been protests and a public forum urging authorities to share evidence. 

Lyoya's family and others in the community have called for full transparency in the investigation, including the immediate release of all video, an open autopsy, the identity of the officer who pulled the trigger and that a translator be available when officials speaking with the Lyoya family. 

Lyoya's family has also retained nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department has installed concrete barriers outside of the downtown headquarters in anticipation of the release of the video.

Watch the protestors speak at the meeting here:

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