According to a transcript of the government meeting, the Government of DR Congo has condemned the shooting of one of its emigrants by a white US police officer.
Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old whose family reportedly immigrated to the United States in the year 2014 as they fled from war in the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed during a traffic stop in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 4 by a white police officer.
Patrick became the latest victim in the killing of black people by police officers in the United States. A menace that has ignited widespread protests against racism and demands for reform.
During a government meeting on Friday, DR Congo Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde condemned the killing of a citizen of DR Congo. According to the minutes of the meeting, he “forcefully condemned the cowardly assassination by a white police officer in the United States of a citizen of Congolese origin Patrick Lyoya, unarmed, during a traffic stop.”
He further revealed that the US ambassador in DR Congo had expressed his deep regrets, and his government’s condolences following this despicable act by the White Police officer.
US police have released four videos from the incident, one of which shows the officer — who has not been named — lying on top of Lyoya as the two scuffled, and then appearing to shoot him in the head.