An African-American man was shot dead by an American policeman, and hundreds protested

An African-American man was shot dead by an American policeman, and hundreds protested The killing of a black young man by a white policeman in mysterious circumstances has sparked concern in the northern state of Michigan, as relatives of the victim called for a demonstration.  Dozens of protesters gathered Wednesday evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the publication of videos showing the killing of an African-American youth by a white policeman.  One of the videos, which took place on 4 April, shows a policeman lying on the back of Patrick Liuya, 26, before apparently shooting him in the head.  An argument erupted between Patrick Liuya and the policeman after a traffic check, and shortly before the shooting the two men appeared to be fighting on the ground for control of the policeman's electric pistol, the latter's name was not revealed.  According to scenes broadcast by ABC, 50-100 people gathered in downtown Grand Rapids, a city in Michigan with a population of about 200,000.  The demonstrators carried banners reading "Black lives matter" and chanted, "No justice, no peace."   "I consider it a tragedy," Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Weinstrom said of the April 4 incident in a press conference on Wednesday where the videos were released.  "Losing someone's life, whatever the circumstances, is heartbreaking, and I know it will affect our city," he added.  The killings of African Americans by policemen have attracted great national attention in recent years, especially after the killing of George Floyd in 2020, after a white policeman in Minneapolis knelt on his neck until he suffocated.  George Floyd's name, along with others, became a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement during major anti-racism demonstrations in 2020.  Winstrom said the officer involved in the Grand Rapids incident has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Police in the United States kill about a thousand people annually, and African Americans make up the bulk of their victims, and they are rarely prosecuted, although major anti-racism protests in the summer of 2020 marked the beginning of a change in the courts.

The killing of a black young man by a white policeman in mysterious circumstances has sparked concern in the northern state of Michigan, as relatives of the victim called for a demonstration.

Dozens of protesters gathered Wednesday evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the publication of videos showing the killing of an African-American youth by a white policeman.

One of the videos, which took place on 4 April, shows a policeman lying on the back of Patrick Liuya, 26, before apparently shooting him in the head.

An argument erupted between Patrick Liuya and the policeman after a traffic check, and shortly before the shooting the two men appeared to be fighting on the ground for control of the policeman's electric pistol, the latter's name was not revealed.

According to scenes broadcast by ABC, 50-100 people gathered in downtown Grand Rapids, a city in Michigan with a population of about 200,000.

The demonstrators carried banners reading "Black lives matter" and chanted, "No justice, no peace."


"I consider it a tragedy," Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Weinstrom said of the April 4 incident in a press conference on Wednesday where the videos were released.

"Losing someone's life, whatever the circumstances, is heartbreaking, and I know it will affect our city," he added.

The killings of African Americans by policemen have attracted great national attention in recent years, especially after the killing of George Floyd in 2020, after a white policeman in Minneapolis knelt on his neck until he suffocated.

George Floyd's name, along with others, became a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement during major anti-racism demonstrations in 2020.

Winstrom said the officer involved in the Grand Rapids incident has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police in the United States kill about a thousand people annually, and African Americans make up the bulk of their victims, and they are rarely prosecuted, although major anti-racism protests in the summer of 2020 marked the beginning of a change in the courts.
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