Demonstrators compare the alleged use of excessive force by the sheriff's deputy to the Lyoya shooting death

Demonstrators compare the alleged use of excessive force by the sheriff's deputy to the Lyoya shooti ...

FLINT, MI: Demonstrators argued that Patrick Lyoya's and John Fleming's stories were different. Thursday night, Flint Black Lives Matter concluded.

Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Black man who was originally pulled over because his license plates sounded inconsistent with his car, was murdered by a police officer in Grand Rapids.

Fleming was wrongfully accused of retail fraud before becoming an alleged victim of excessive force.

A Flint man was taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where a video shows multiple officers restraining him and punching Fleming in the head.


DeWaun Robinson, president of the Flint Chapter, said that two scenarios show a clear picture of how black people are mistreated in rural areas.

Thursday night, community members gathered in downtown Flint to demonstrate as they protested the assassination of Lyoya by the police.

During a traffic stop, Lyoya was shot and died on April 4th. Videos that depicted his death were released on Wednesday, April 13.

Following the release of the video footage, protesters seeking justice flooded the streets in Grand Rapids.

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Because of the many failures, Robinson expressed his desire to protest during today's demonstration of 20 people.

"If we do not address this now, it will be bad for everyone," says the narrator.

The killing of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids just reinforces the message that Black Lives Matter wanted to convey with this demonstration there is still a lot of work to be done in order to garantize racial equality in the United States, according to Robinson.

"We've made some adjustments in the last couple of years, but it shows that we have a long way to go," he said. "This is a long-term challenge. A few of the challenges have been trampled by events like those in Grand Rapids."

The Grand Rapids incident was immediately compared to a local incident between Flint Township cops and a Genesee County Sheriff's deputy who allegedly used excessive force.


Fleming was the only person to sit down during Thursday's rally.

He was calm, wearing all black, and apparently distraught from his injury. He kept his head down, but spoke only briefly before he was out in tears.

Fleming said, expressing gratitude. "Knowing you aren't guilty and still receiving attacked."

Sheriff Chris Swanson of Genesee County has said the agency is reviewing the incident to see if excessive force is being used.

It's sad that Jasmine Burrell, Fleming's sister, who spoke for her twice during the demonstration, isn't getting the same attention as Lyoya's in Grand Rapids.

Fleming is still alive, according to her daughter.

It shouldn't take a person dying for the news and everybody to gather around, Burrell said. It shouldn't take that. Our Black people shouldn't have to die before we get attention.

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