The Grand Rapids, Michigan police officer who handcuffed 11-year-old Honestie Hodges at gunpoint earlier this month will not receive any internal disciple, the department announced Wednesday.
As The Washington Post reported Thursday evening, the move to not punish the officer who handcuffed the 11-year-old black girl while searching for her 40-year-old white aunt comes amid major backlash in Grand Rapids — including by the city’s police chief.
In bodycamera footage of the incident, the officer tells Hodges to put her hands (which were raised above her head) behind her back — and then she began screaming.
“You listen to the 11-year-old’s response, it makes my stomach turn,” Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky told reporters in the aftermath of the December 6 decable. “It makes me physically nauseous.”
Rahinsky initially said he believed the officers involved acted inappropriately and should instead have “asked the 11-year-old to back to you, take her behind the car and have a very different conversation with her.”
Nevertheless, in a statement posted on the GRPD’s Facebook page on Wednesday, the police chief said “no discipline will be issued.”
Though GRPD’s statement outlines ways they hope to improve relations with the city’s African-American community, including their “Honestie policy” that requires police to meet the children in the neighborhoods on their beats, members of the city’s community remain unsettled by the way the scandal unfolded.
“We are dismayed that there would even be the possibility of no disciplinary action on behalf of an officer, especially since the process of investigation and discipline is totally controlled by the Grand Rapids Police Department,” Rev. Jerry Bishop of LifeQuest Ministries told Grand Rapids news station WOOD-TV.
You can watch bodycamera footage of the incident below.
Bodycam footage shows Grand Rapids, Michigan, police holding an innocent 11-year-old black girl at gunpoint, handcuffing her. This is horrifying. Her screams break my heart..@ShaunKing pic.twitter.com/TlUGQuo2BL
— Remove Trump Now (@KaniJJackson) December 12, 2017
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