DETROIT — An independent autopsy report released Tuesday offers scientific evidence for the first time that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head, family attorneys said.

They also said that the Grand Rapids police officer who killed him may have racially profiled Lyoya, 26, when they pulled him over for a traffic stop in Grand Rapids on April 4, a case of “driving while Black,” said attorney Benjamin Crump. Police last week released a video that showed Lyoya being shot by an officer, sparking protests and drawing national attention.

At a press conference Tuesday in Detroit, Dr. Werner Spitz, a noted forensic pathologist who has been involved in several high profile cases over the decades, said there is “no question” that Lyoya was killed with a bullet to the back of his head.

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Spitz, 95, who conducted the independent autopsy at a funeral home in Michigan, also said that there are no other injuries or wounds found on his body. Attorneys said this shows there was no fight between Lyoya and the officer. Ven Johnson, one of the family attorneys for Lyoya, said that if Lyoya had been fighting, the autopsy would have showed some other injuries on him.

Spitz spoke at one point holding a skull to illustrate the bullet’s path. He also demonstrated on Crump’s head how the bullet traveled and used drawings as well.

The bullet “went to the right, through the bone … but not completely because part of the bullet was still inside the skull,” Spitz said. “Part of the bullet went through the skull.”

The bullet “broke the bone,” Spitz said. “There was no other injury, from the top of the head to the big toe. No other injury.”

Spitz said a large caliber bullet was used.

Attorneys said that Spitz’ report offers more evidence that the shooting of Lyoya was unnecessary and a case of excessive force.

Standing next to a TV screen that showed images from the video, Crump said that the officer was in “complete control” of Lyoya when he shot him.

“He has his hand on Patrick’s head … on the ground,” Crump said. “He takes his gun and puts it on his head … and he shoots into his head.”

The Kent County Medical Examiner has also conducted an autopsy, but has not yet released the results, a county official told the Free Press Monday.

The office gave a statement on Wednesday that said the medical examiner did their autopsy on April 4.

Kent County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cohle said his “office will fully cooperate with any board-certified forensic pathologist conducting an independent autopsy, if the family notifies us that they would like us to release Mr. Lyoya’s body to one of these agencies.”

During the press conference, Crump said that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met Monday with the family of Lyoya. Whitmer’s press office did not return messages from the Free Press confirming she met with the family.

The death of Lyoya, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has led to several days of peaceful protests in Grand Rapids this month. Some protesters said the shooting is part of a pattern of mistreatment by the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The officer had asked Lyoya about his license plate, saying it did not match his car.

At the press conference, which was held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Detroit, Crump said part of the video released shows the officer did not approach Lyoya from the front, which means the license plate issue couldn’t have been the reason for inititally targeting him.

The funeral for Lyoya is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids.

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