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Appeals Court Rules Police Officer Should Go To Trial In Slaying of Black Motorist

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The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a former police officer, Christopher Schurr, should stand trial for a second-degree murder charge in the 2022 killing of a Black motorist, Patrick Lyoya.

The court found sufficient evidence to establish probable cause that Schurr’s actions did not meet the standards for use of deadly force in self-defense, based on a video of the incident.

The fatal shooting occurred during a traffic stop, and Schurr’s defense had sought to dismiss the charge, citing the use of deadly force to stop a fleeing felon.

“The video evidence showed Lyoya physically resisting defendant’s efforts to subdue him, but the video did not depict Lyoya physically attacking defendant — such as by punching him or striking him with his knee,” the appeals court stated.

Schurr was fired after being charged with murder.

“The video evidence permitted an inference that Lyoya had also gotten fatigued and was less able to resist. The evidence further showed that defendant had called for assistance from other officers and that those officers were on their way, though it is not clear that defendant (knew) how long before the officers would arrive,” the ruling stated.

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