GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police officers in western Michigan won’t be disciplined for detaining an 11-year-old girl, her mother and aunt at gunpoint outside of their home while searching for another aunt suspected in a stabbing.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that an internal investigation of the Dec. 6 incident found the officers didn’t violate department policy.
Bodycam footage shows police handcuffing Honestie Hodges as an officer repeatedly tells the crying girl she’s not being arrested. Police say the aunt suspected of stabbing another relative didn’t end up being at the home.
Police Chief David Rahinksy says the footage left him “nauseated” but that the officers followed procedure.
Some area pastors expressed dismay that the officers were cleared, saying such investigations should be handled externally.