FRIDAY NEWS HIT – The Grand Rapids police officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya after a traffic stop in April is expected to be arraigned on second-degree murder charges on Friday, a day after the prosecutor announced his decision.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker made the decision to file second-degree murder charges as Christopher Schurr’s decision to shoot Lyoya was neither justified nor excused by self-defense.
A county commissioner who spoke alongside Lyoya’s family’s attorney said, “It really just goes to show that with no video, no body camera, how many black lives have been lost in the past?”
While body camera, patrol car and neighbor’s home footage of the shooting was collected, it was bystander cellphone video that revealed the moments when Schurr holstered his gun and shot Lyoya.
The charging decision came months after the shooting. Becker told the media Thursday that he received the report on May 31 and that he had informed both officers of his decision on June 10.
Lyoya’s family stood by attorney Ven Johnson during the announcement.
“My heart was really broken for the last two months,” Peter Lyoya, Patrick’s father, said through a translator. “Because so many things were said, I wasn’t too sure with the truth in hand. And I was thinking that maybe there is no justice in America. And to go along with what the prosecutor just said, charging the police officer who killed Patrick, Patrick is not coming back. We will not see it again. And to show that at this point the police officer is going to be charged and is charged, that really brings comfort to our family.”
Among the charges for which Schurr will not be prosecuted is felony firearms. Becker said that because of a 1991 Michigan Supreme Court case, police officers cannot be charged with the crime.
Here’s what Patrick Lyoya’s family said after police charged the officer who shot him
Oil spill in the Great Lakes
an oil spill Temporarily closed shipping traffic in the St. Marys River between Ontario and Michigan’s upper peninsula, the US Coast Guard said Thursday. The 5,300-gallon (20,063-liter) spill originated at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario , around 10:30 am on Thursday.
The 75-mile (121-kilometre) river connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron and serves as part of the border between Michigan and Ontario. The Coast Guard asked that all traffic stay away from the affected area. The river reopened to shipping traffic later Thursday, MLive.com reported.
“We are working together with our Canadian, American and tribal partners to ensure the sanctity of our river,” Capt. Anthony Jones, commander of Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, said in a statement.
Coast Guard pollution responders are monitoring the situation and will coordinate containment with environmental cleanup organizations, MLive.com reported. Algoma spokeswoman Brenda Stenta said in a statement that “the source of the spill has been safely contained.” No injuries were reported.
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Ford launches ‘Pride Bronco’
Drivers are likely to see Ford’s newest Bronco before any other car or truck on the road, thanks to the hottest SUV’s latest paint job: rainbows and gold flashes. The auto company’s latest addition to its lineup celebrates Pride Month this June and plans to display the Bronco in the Motor City Pride parade this weekend. He will also be at the Block party in Ann Arbor on June 25.
A spokesman said the new Bronco was following in the footsteps of last years “Very Gay Ranger Raptor” which debuted in Europe. It featured a similar paint job. According to a social media post from last year, the company’s push for more colorful cars came from an online troll’s comment.
On the newest vehicle that has been facelifted, the Ford Pride Bronco has rainbow stripes moving from back to front. Gold glitter covers the rest of the car.
The Bronco is among the newest round of Ford cars and trucks hitting consumers. As a member of the vehicles that carry the throwback theme, the company has been celebrating the return of classic SUVs with several new models. Fans of the vehicle will be able to see it in action the weekend of June 11-12.
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James Craig Announces Write-In Campaign for Governor
A fiery James Craig appeared defiantly on Let It Rip on Thursday and announced that his bid for the Republican primary for governor in August will continue as a write-in candidate. The former Detroit police chief was among a group of Republican candidates, including Perry Johnson, disqualified from the primary ballot due to forged signatures.
“I’m not giving up, I’ve been robbed, and Perry was robbed and guess what, they wrote,” he said. “There are so many people who have reached out through my campaign who have said, ‘Boss, you’re a fighter, don’t give up, keep fighting.’ Guess what? I’m going to do it”.
Craig vowed to get to the bottom of the matter as a former police officer, adding that he and Johnson “were duped.” She argued that his focus on moving forward has more to do with voters than himself, adding that Michiganders deserve the best candidates.
Craig said he thinks he has the name recognition to succeed, while Johnson cautioned that such an effort would require about $22 million for a campaign, adding that while Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan once won a write-in , the race for governor is “a larger universe.”
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Man left in a coma after another driver ran a red light in Hazel Park
A Detroit business owner is fighting for his life after he was hit by a car and ran a red light. Sheldon Hayes is likely to turn 42 in hospital next week. His family says he is still in a coma after a devastating accident last Thursday.
“Me looking at my uncle, he will never be the same, he will not be the same after this,” said Jasmine Hayes, his niece. “Nothing in it will be the same.” The accident occurred at Eight Mile and I-75 Service Drive in Hazel Park.
“As we were trying to get through the second green light, the car on the other side was supposed to have a red light,” said Hayes’ girlfriend, Lexie Griffin. “They totally ran it, like 70 miles an hour, hitting the passenger door, breaking the whole door.”
Griffin was in the car when it happened, suffering head and neck injuries. The impact was so strong that it collapsed the front of the other vehicle like an accordion. Hayes was nearly thrown out of the car; his family says the bulge in the windshield is where he hit his head during the crash. “He really hit the glass really hard and it put him in a very critical state,” Griffin said. “And his life is going to be very different than it was before.”
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What else are we seeing?
- The world’s largest bounce house has arrived in Michigan. All the setup is on Fraser Friday.
- Whitmer is set to sign a bill that will boost school safety funding for Michigan school districts on Friday. The bill allocates $27.5 million, including $10 million for Oxford High School alone.
- The developer of the new Hudson site, Bedrock, is seeking $60 million in tax breaks for the massive new project. The renovation of the Woodward Avenue building has been in the works for years. According to Axios, the project has already secured hundreds of millions in tax breaks for three other projects.
- Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley has been charged with four misdemeanors for his role in the January 6 insurrection. It’s the latest development in what has been a chaotic election cycle for the Michigan Republican Party.
- Golfers who signed up for a new Saudi-backed golf league in London have been suspended from the PGA. Rocket Mortgage, who had a sponsorship with Bryson DeChambeau, has terminated the association for his decision to participate in the league.
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The weather will repeat itself this weekend with sunshine, 70s and some scattered showers throughout. Plan for much warmer temperatures next week.
COVID-19 was the leading cause of service-connected police deaths in the US in 2020, study finds
A recently published study found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of work-related deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States in 2020.
Based on data obtained from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund database for the year 2020, COVID-19 deaths accounted for 62% of the 295 duty-related law enforcement deaths.
The study, published in “Policing: An International Journal,” also found that 82% of deaths were among black members of law enforcement and 77% of deaths were among Latino officers, much higher than the 48% of deaths among white police officers.
The database contained fatalities designated as those caused by incidents that occurred in the line of duty.
To calculate the death rate, researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also obtained data on the total number of law enforcement officers employed in the US for the year 2020 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.