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Protestors shutdown City Commission meeting for third time

Things started to unravel during the public comment portion of the meeting.

For the third time in a row, protestors Tuesday forced the Grand Rapids City Commissioners meeting to shut down early.

The demonstrators were there once again, to demand justice for Congolese refugee Patrick Lyoya, who died after being shot in the back of the head by Grand Rapids Police officer Christopher Schurr.

Things started to unravel during the public comment portion of the meeting. While most were there call for Schurr to be charged with murder, a Pro-Life speaker stood up and said the real homicides were happening at Planned Parenthood each week, which set off a gallery of boos and shouting from others in attendance.

It is the third straight meeting that has been shut down early due to the city commission's losing control, as frustrations over the lack of action taken by authorities over Patrick Lyoya seemingly are reaching a boiling point.

Last week, activists vandalized a number of city commissioners' homes as well as GRPD Police Chief Eric Windstrom's with graffiti.

While protests over Patrick Lyoya's death continue, still no word so far from the Kent County Prosecutor's Office on whether charges will be filled against Officer Shurr.

Last week, Becker told news outlets he is still reviewing the evidence, and is seeking expert guidance in the case.

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