11yo girl handcuffed, held at gunpoint by MI police

Cheryl Sanders
December 14, 2017

Honestie's unfortunate brush with the law happened last Wednesday when she was confronted by officers as she was leaving her house by a back door to go to the store. Officers were searching for Hodges' aunt, Carrie Manning, 40, who is white, reports say.

"We are getting a little better everyday, but it's sad to see her not want to go outside or talk to her friends".

Cops instead detained Honestie and two other women who tried to leave the home. The guns were lowered and the girl was patted down and handcuffed while police determined if the knife from the stabbing had been passed off to her.

"It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong", the girl told the television station.

"I didn't know what was going on", said Hodges.

The incident was captured on bodycam and has led the police department to launch an internal investigation.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said Tuesday that his officers should have exercised discretion, rather than handcuffing the girl. Manning was wanted for a domestic stabbing, and police believed that she might have been armed and hiding out in the home.

He said police body-camera film of the young lady shouting as she's being arrested seem to be "exasperating" and demonstrate the requirement for policing changes.

The girl was then placed in the police cruiser for about 10 minutes, spokeswoman Cathy Williams said. Until it could be determined that the individuals were not the suspect, nor armed with a weapon, the three were ordered back to officers and detained.

The girl told WOOD-TV she screamed for her mother while she was in the police cruiser.

"Listening to the 11-year-old's response makes my stomach turn". "And when you're dealing with an 11-year-old, it's inappropriate".

After this incident, a complaint was filed on behalf of the 11-year-old with the GRPD who then opened an internal investigation.

She says seeing the video compelled her to go speak at a city commission meeting for the first time. The women and girl were then released, police said. That's someone who lives in Grand Rapids.

"So we've got work to do". However, he said, "that's not a defense of what we just saw". "That's someone who should feel safe running to an officer", Rahinsky said, pledging to look "at everything, from our hiring to our training to our supervision". "We are having these tough conversations - we're being very introspective and we're asking the community to help us get better", said Rahinsky. "I'm speaking this evening because we must fix relationships between our community and the Grand Rapids Police Department".

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