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
In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest
Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.
"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.
The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.
People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings
The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.
So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.
Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.
"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.
Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump
There’s something interesting in today’s news:
A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.