Black people across the US continue to face excessive force and brutality at the hands of law enforcement authorities. Judge Ayoub's ruling marks a decisive victory for civil rights activists and residents who believe Schurr's actions were unjustified and typical of the officers' misconduct in the Grand Rapids Police Department.
The fact that Schurr will face trial only indicates that a low standard of evidence threshold has been met, not that this was necessarily an unjustified use of force. Law enforcement officers are often required to make split-second decisions that can have tragic results. Believing his life to be at risk, Schurr was forced to make a difficult decision that resulted in the tragic death of Lyoya.
There is a 2% chance that a large American city will fully abolish their police department before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.