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Forensic results: Black man was shot in the head by Michigan police and died

Peter Lyoya holds a photo of his son Patrick Lyoya, 26, at his home in Lansing, Michigan, on April 14, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Case police shot dead man This sparked protests in the city of Grand Rapids. On April 19, a forensic expert who performed an independent autopsy said the victim was shot in the back of the head.

At a press conference in Detroit, Michigan, medical examiner Werner Spitz and attorney for the victim’s family Patrick Lyoya announced that the autopsy results showed that the 26-year-old had been shot once. and the policeman put the gun to the back of Lyoya’s head.

“This is now the scientific evidence of this tragic incident, where the victim’s family believes it was a homicide,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference.

Spitz said he found no signs of a struggle such as scratches or bruises on Lyoya’s body and noted that the only wound on Patrick Lyoya’s body was a bullet wound.

Forensic results: The black man was shot in the head by the Michigan police and died - Photo 1.

Forensic surgeon Werner Spitz uses images to demonstrate the direction of the bullet that killed Patrick Lyoya during a news conference at the Westin Hotel in Detroit, April 19, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Spitz said he could not determine the size of the bullet that was fired, but it was an “extremely powerful bullet” that killed the man.

The death of Lyoya, a Congolese refugee, outraged family members and led to protests in Grand Rapids by activists. Accordingly, this is the latest example of police violence against people of color.

Lyoya’s family is demanding that the US government fire the officer who shot the man dead from the police force and file a criminal complaint against him.

Grand Rapids police were not immediately available to comment on the independent autopsy.

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