Black Lives Matter rally and march for Patrick Lyoya held in Lansing

Lyoya’s name is now added to the list of unarmed African Americans gunned down by law enforcement

LANSING, Mich. – On Friday (April 22), a funeral will be held for Patrick Lyoya, the man shot and killed by a police officer in Grand Rapids.

Thursday in Lansing, people gathered to demand justice and to demand more information be released by police.

Protestors with BLM want to clarify that all they want is justice for Lyoya.

“When I see a brother like that on the ground, you know, I’m looking at myself,” said protestor DeWaun Robinson.

The Black Live Matter group is asking that the officer involved in Lyoya’s death be named.

Other protestors at the rally, like James Henson, creator of the Young Black Panther Party in Lansing, are armed and ready for any violent opposition.

“I thought it was necessary because I’m willing to do anything that I can to protect the people, the community, and the people that I care about,” said Henson.

Family members of Lyoya himself sat right out front of the presentation at the Michigan State Capitol.

“You’re supposed to serve and protect, but you’re killing,” said protestor James Fleming. “Is that a part of your repertoire? Is that a part of your DNA?”

Ultimately the hope is that their voices can be heard and the officer responsible is held accountable in a court of law.

“We really still need to change the laws that govern people, but then hold folks accountable,” Robinson said.

Protestors want it to be known that the protest was a peaceful demonstration, granting the wishes of the Lyoya family.

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