Agents under fire for handcuffing 11-year-old girl
Raw video: Desperate girl screams as police officers stop her while your aunt in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Michigan police looking for stabbing suspect cuffed in place of an 11-year-old girl under threat of a gun, while she screamed in terror — an incident caught on video that the head of the police called “inappropriate.”
On Dec. 6, Grand Rapids Police officers were looking for Carrie Sue Manning, 41, who was accused of the stabbing of her younger sister. Police approached the home, such as Honestie Hodges, her mother, and Whitney and one of her aunts were walking, FOX17 West Michigan reported.
“The police turned on their flashlights and had guns in their hands,” the 11-year-old told the news station. “We were all in separate cop cars.”
The department has opened an internal investigation into the case.
In a body camera video the police department released on Tuesday, Honestie is heard screaming while police officers are pointing a gun at her as she handcuffs her wrists.
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“I didn’t know what was going on,” Honestie told the station. “I have done nothing, I never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer, but since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.”
Police feared Manning, that Honestie is the aunt could be in the house. She later located her in the neighbouring house and arrested her. Manning was indicted for attempted murder.
Grand Rapids police chief David Rahinsky admitted on Tuesday that the officers actions were “inappropriate,” adding that the department does “have a problem.”
“The youth was treated in the same way we would have treated each adult, and when you’re dealing with an 11 year old, is inappropriate,” Rahinsky said. “The screams of the 11-year-old, they go to your heart, you can hear the mother screaming from the steps,” that is my child,’ and that is our community’s child.”
He added, “That is someone who lives in Grand Rapids, that is someone who feel safe running from an officer.”
Rahinsky said Honestie, her mother and aunt were in handcuffs to ensure they are not carrying a weapon. He added that changes are necessary for the future, and an internal investigation is being conducted.
The Hodges family-the filing of a complaint against the police.
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