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Cop Tackles Unarmed Man, Shoots Him in the Back of the Head, and Is Charged With Murder

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An unnamed Grand Rapids police officer conducted a traffic stop on Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese immigrant, on April 4. Moments later, Lyoya would be killed by a police officer-inflicted gunshot wound to the back of his skull for a minor traffic infraction. In an unusual step, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said on Thursday that there is adequate evidence to bring a second-degree murder case against officer Christopher Schurr, who murdered Lyoya by shooting him in the back of the head. Schurr now faces the potential of life without parole in jail. Schurr handed himself in on Thursday and will be arraigned on Friday. Benjamin Crump, a prominent police brutality attorney, hailed the decision to prosecute Schurr as a "crucial step in the right path" in a statement released on Thursday. Crump said, "Though the path to justice for Patrick and his family has just started, this ruling is a significant step in the right way." "Officer Schurr must be held