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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Human Relations Commission releases statement on Patrick Lyoya shooting

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The Human Relations Commission (HRC) is a City of Jackson commission that works with residents to empower and promote a diverse, inclusive and equitable city. The commission is releasing a statement on the Patrick Lyoya shooting, which happened last month in Grand Rapids.

“Here we are again. As a nation, we are mourning the killing of another Black man during a routine traffic stop. We, the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, would like to extend our deepest condolences to Patrick Lyoya’s family. We stand with them as they seek justice and accountability for the unconscionable killing of their loved one.

Mr. Lyoya’s untimely death reminds us of our obligation to create a culture where everyone is afforded the same dignity and respect within their communities. The killing of this young man underscores the continuing and urgent need to re-imagine the approach to community policing in our country fundamentally.

The Human Relations Commission works within the City of Jackson to address the historical disparities faced by communities of color. We will continue to constantly revisit the practices and policies in place to meet our entire community’s need for protection and law enforcement services.” 

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