Once again, Grand Rapids police point guns at a Black child

Posted December 15, 2017

Honestie and her mom said officers told her to walk backwards with her hands up, then put her in cuffs, patted her down and put her in the back of a cop auto.

'The whole time they are telling her to come down, I'm telling them, 'She's 11 years old. "Try not to sleeve her", Whitney Hodges said.

'It influenced me to feel frightened and it influenced me to feel like I accomplished something incorrectly, ' Honesti told the TV channel.

"On December 6th, my 11-year-old granddaughter was involved in an unfortunate incident with the Grand Rapids police department", Neumyer said.

Rahinsky said the incident, which is under internal investigation, means GRPD has work to do.

According to a statement by the Grand Rapids Police Department, the officers were searching for a suspect linked to a domestic-related stabbing who had fled the scene with a knife and who they believed was hiding out at a Westside Grand Rapids home. The woman was charged for assault with intent to murder, as well as resisting and obstructing arrest, police said. As officers set up a perimeter around the residence, two women and an 11-year-old girl simultaneously exited the home.

The girl said she had been left shaken and upset by what happened and no longer felt comfortable standing near her house's rear door, where police had entered.

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"I'm afraid to open or go near my back door. because of what happened", Honestie said. "I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don't want anything to do with those kind of things", Honestie said.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky condemned the officer's actions, saying the video of the encounter made him sick. Police said the women weren't armed.

Authorities handcuffed Hodges before patting her down and placing her in the back of a cop auto for around ten minutes, according to WZMM13.

"The juvenile is treated the same way you would have treated any adult", Rahinksy told WOOD-TV. "You hear the mother yelling from the steps, 'That's my child!' That's our community's child".

"When my mom was walking past, I was putting my hands through the little bars, banging on the windows, screaming, 'Please don't let them take me, '" the girl told the station. That's someone who lives in Grand Rapids.

"We do have a problem", said Rahinsky. The officers had their weapons drawn and pointed at the frightened child and ordered her to turn around and walk slowly towards them.

"In this situation, I don't think we acted accordingly", the police chief told reporters Tuesday.