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A police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan should be reprimanded – and fired – for handcuffing a terrified 11-year-old girl at gunpoint and forcing her into the back of his squad car.

The incident happened on Dec. 6 but on Thursday Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said the officer who handcuffed Honestie would not be disciplined even though Rahinsky said it was a terrible situation.

The girl, Honestie Hodges, was leaving her home in Grand Rapids and walking to the store.

In an interview with a Grand Rapids television station, Honestie said the experience was traumatic.

“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” she said.

The police officer, according to the Grand Rapids police chief, will not be reprimanded, saying the incident was a case of “mistaken identity.” Police were looking for Honestie’s 40-year-old aunt, Carrie Manning, in connection with a stabbing. Manning is white. Hodges is not.

“No discipline will be issued,” Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said in a statement on Facebook: “This, however, in no way diminishes our commitment to identifying what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.“

Hollow words. Rahinsky let his cop off the hook.

What I don’t understand is how the police officer thought Honestie – an innocent 11-year-old – was the 40-year-old aunt cops were hunting and why did the police officer think it was appropriate to handcuff a little girl who had nothing to do with the crime?

The police officer’s behavior should be considered a crime and he should be removed from duty. There shouldn’t be a place on any police force for a cop who shows contempt and utter disregard for a child.

It also begs this question: Did the officer draw his gun and handcuff Honestie because she was Black? We may never know the answer to that particular question but I believe it’s fair to say that the cop doesn’t belong in a job where he interacts with innocent citizens.

In a police bodycam video, Honestie can be seen walking toward police officers – who were pointing guns at her – with her hands in the air.

Were the cops prepared to shoot an unarmed little girl?

“Listening to the 11-year-old’s response makes my stomach turn,” Rahinsky said at a news conference. “It makes me physically nauseous.”

“The juvenile was treated the same way we would have treated any adult, and when you’re dealing with an 11-year-old, it’s inappropriate,” said Rahinsky. “The screams of the 11-year-old, they go to your heart, you hear the mother yelling from the steps ‘that’s my child,’ and that’s our community’s child. That’s someone who lives in Grand Rapids, that’s somebody who should feel safe running to an officer.”

Clearly, Rahinsky isn’t devastated enough to fire the police officer who handcuffed a kid.

The police bodycam video shows police barking orders at Honestie.

“Put your hands on top of your —,” an officer told her.

Another officer grabbed Honestie’s arms, pulled them behind her back and handcuffed her. “No! No! No!,” Honestie screamed.

Community activists in Grand Rapids are understandably outraged.

“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.

According to media reports, a similar altercation involving Grand Rapids police and children happened in March when cops stopped five young Black boys ages 12 to 14, as they were on their home from playing basketball. One of the officer’s drew his gun and ordered the boys on the ground. They were later released.

Meanwhile, Honestie said she was scared and no longer wants to wear a police badge.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “I didn’t do anything wrong, I’ve never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer,  but ever since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.”

“I really don’t feel comfortable around any cops,” the little girl said.

I don’t blame her.

What do you think?

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45 thoughts on “No Justice For Michigan Girl Who Experienced Police Overreach

  1. All I’m seeing here is a smokescreen attempting to avoid talking about how devilish time to avoid talking about how devilish racist white people are. and you’re the ones who are not just ignore this and do nothing about it, except complain that someone is not kneeling for the flag. When police get killed they want all kinds of sympathy they want to hold big parades the show honorable they are this is what they call honorable Duty.

  2. Mrknowitall on said:

    Once again. Black racist and black privilege bigots stereotyped and profiled the police and the European American please

  3. No surprise here. Police officers would have never treated a white child in this manner.I still don’t understand the need for this treatment. This is just bad policing all together,from the top down.

    • racist white police officers, neo-nazis, Isis, what is the difference they all have the people that they treat right but what is the difference between the people that they don’t.

  4. Mac Daddy on said:

    You ratted us out Passing Gas. There is only one person that believes Trump is doing right by this Country and Obama didn’t care about our citizens. Your myopic thinking is exactly why Trump got elected.

  5. Passing Through!! on said:

    Remember the stats on race and IQ? That’s what you are trying to impart wisdom on. Ain’t gonna work.
    ****
    @MAC DADDY & JHUF (same person)
    **
    NO I don’t remember because looking at the current president the dumbest MF-ING president to occupy the WH according to Bannon “an idiot surrounded by clowns” & his children are more stupid than he is. trump is a reflection of how dumb all racist are so I have no clue what you’re talking about when you mention IQ & race. I mean look at you you’re too dunce to disguise yourself as another person posting those same stupid ass videos & trying to convince me your Iq is supposed to higher because your white..GTFOH!

  6. Passing Through!! on said:

    I’ll solve the puzzle!

    ALABAMA HAS DESTROYED TRUMP’S AMERICA BY NOT ELECTING A RACIST CHILD RAPIST TO THE SENATE!

    • You mean Doug Jones who has gone on record saying his fellow Democruts are nuts for talking about impeachment and he has NO plans on following that idiotic path instead he plans on working with Rep’s and Trump

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        JHUF & MAC DADDY (same person)
        **
        Doug Jones doesn’t need to criticize trump because he already knows TRUMP IS FINISHED! Besides he’s the new kid on the block it wouldn’t be wise for him to come in the door bashing the president with a Republikkkan controled Senate, he may have to work with tmem to help his state thats a smart political move on his part, he just playing nice politics. I guess Steve Bannon is nuts along with the Democrats because even he knows your president is a criminal headed for IMPEACHMENT.

  7. Passing Through!! on said:

    The half sissy who has brought the current administration to it’s knees creating a cabinet full of paranoid leakers, backstabbers and who will get trump IMPEACHED and his son and son in law put in prison..

  8. Passing Through!! on said:

    @Jhuf & Mac Daddy (who are obviously the same person)
    *
    Those who are the true racists, find racism everywhere they look. Are you saying blacks have prospered by supporting democrats? Can you provide me with empirical data please? Thanks in advance
    **
    White racist see racism in nothing.
    Who in the hell saved the economy stupid! It was a Democrat, a black president brought this country back from a recession after a RepubliKKKan Bush destroyed our financial institution doing the same s**t trump is doing right now. And you dummies cheering him on because you want him to win and undo Obama’s policies because he’s WHITE and you hate President Obama because he’s a black man. Eventually all of this s**t trump is doing will catch up with the system and the economy will start to fall again.

  9. Mac Daddy on said:

    In the month of December, the unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to just 6.8 percent, which is the lowest ever recorded. Prior to this month, the previous record was 7.4 percent in 2000. MAGA

      • So Bush was responsible for the economic turn-around in the first year of Obama’s presidency OK

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        The economy was ALREADY thriving when President Obama left office Bush left us with a TRILLION dollar deficit. There’s a difference when you’re coming into office with clean slate and a great economy.

      • Mac Daddy on said:

        Remember the stats on race and IQ? That’s what you are trying to impart wisdom on. Ain’t gonna work.

  10. Passing Through!! on said:

    Schools need to teach children how to listen to & cooperate with police. Schools teach homosexuality & abortion, so why not teach cooperation with police?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    @MrDon’tKnowS**t!
    +
    So it’s the child’s fault they may not understand or know how to respond to being frightened, terrorized and man-handled by the police? No amount of training can teach a child that. An 11 year girl shouldn’t have to be taught how not to get shot by an undertrained, overly aggressive police officer who can’t see her as child because she’s black. White children don’t have to be taught how to cooperate with the police because this would have never happened to a white a child. And this has nothing to do with homosexuality or abortion, so typical doing what racist do trying use one unrelated cause to justify the unjust.

    • Everything you say is true, except that “this would never have happened to a white child.” That statement is false. No matter the race, you can’t put a child in an adult situation and expect them to behave accordingly. Thank God this child wasn’t hurt. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the meeting regarding whether or not to discipline this officer was discussed.

  11. She’s living in an environment where she’s exposed to adult mentors are wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, police are the least of this poor young girls problems

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      Huff, are you suggesting that environment plays a factor in how a child turns out? That could be interpreted as placing blame on a single black mother and her poor choices. The BAW faithful and Cathy Smith-Henry would prefer you deflect blame on the police, that way we can all feel better about ourselves and ignore the systematic decay of our culture and values under our blind allegiance to Democrat slave masters. Thanks in advance

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        ignore the systematic decay of OUR culture and values
        ++++++
        B**ch you’re NOT black. I don’t know why all of the racist come on this thread pretending to be black…LOL! That’s so stupid and more racist than your stupid ass comments.

      • Mac Daddy on said:

        Those who are the true racists, find racism everywhere they look. Are you saying blacks have prospered by supporting democrats? Can you provide me with empirical data please? Thanks in advance.

    • You may not have sympathy for the neanderthal that treated this child with such callous disrespect, but why would you not have sympathy for any other cop that gets killed? You’re not one bit inch better than the white cop who judges all blacks by the actions of few. In other words, you and the knuckle dragger who man handled this child have a whole lot in common. On another note, why has this moron not been identified?

  12. leadjustone on said:

    Not surprised at the outcome. The police department could at least have provided a means for her to receive some counseling support. Hope this child will someday be able to put this trauma behind her.

  13. Mrknowitall on said:

    Schools need to teach children how to listen to & cooperate with police. Schools teach homosexuality & abortion, so why not teach cooperation with police?

      • How the hell can you say all black females are violent. This child was scared to death and did follow what she was told. They were barking orders at her with a damn gun in her face. Why can’t the cops see the difference between an 11 year old and a grown 40 year old.

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      I didn’t say all, but the majority are, and an officer can’t take the chance that they are dealing with a well manner, raised with respect and honor, black woman in the inner city. Odds are against it. Our culture is one of disrespect, street cred, and fock the po-po. music glorifying byotches and ho’s. guns. violence. and drugs. That is us and police MUST respond accordingly or they don’t go home to their family at the end of the day.

      • Mac Ho, get off of this website with your ignorant Azz! The only people that need to be trained are rednecks such as yourself! Children need to be taught to obey orders…please, if you used that same logic we wouldn’t have as many white boy mass murderers as we do.

    • Bridgett Burnam on said:

      I am confused, why would they need to teach innocent children how to interact with the police at 11 years old? Why not teach the police not to shoot innocent black children?

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