Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

MI police open investigation after child detained

MI police open investigation after child detained

The police department is conducting an internal investigation.

A 11-year-old was handcuffed by the police in Grand Rapids, Michigan and held at gunpoint after she walked out of the house during a search for a stabbing suspect.

Police were looking for the girl's 40-year-old aunt, who was suspected of stabbing a relative nearby, but didn't find her at the home, WOOD-TV reports.

A MI mother has questions for her city's police department after they handcuffed and arrested her 11-year-old daughter.

Police went a family's Grand Rapids home on December 6 looking for the girl's aunt, who was suspected of stabbing another relative.

Whitney Hodges, the girl's mother, told the TV station the cops ordered her daughter to walk from the house with her hands up so they could handcuff her.

Honestie Hodges was leaving her Grand Rapids home last week to go to the store when the incident happened.

In the video shown by chief of the department, David Rahinsky, at the press conference, Whitney can be heard saying, "She's 11 years old, sir", and "That's my child".

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Honestie said the arrest has now changed her outlook on law enforcement and on her own future.

The screams of the 11-year-old go to your heart said Chief Rahinsky.

The girl told WOOD-TV the incident left her scared.

"I wanted to be a detective, no, a police officer", she said, according to WILX, "but now I don't want anything to do with those kind of things". Police said the women weren't armed. They were attempting to locate the suspect, which led them to another house on the Westside of Grand Rapids.

Cathy Williams, a spokeswoman for the police department, told MichiganLive that officers thought the two adults with Honestie Hodges were white because of the light that evening.

Lauren Taylor of Cascade Township reminded the commission that if justice is not delivered for the girl or her family, there will be no peace in the community or with the police department. She was later allowed to stand in the alley with her other siblings, Williams said. "When you're dealing with an 11-year-old, it's inappropriate". The homeowner gave consent to search the home, and it was deemed that none of the three individuals that exited the home were the suspect officers were searching for nor was the suspect in the home. "We are having these tough conversations - we're being very introspective and we're asking the community to help us get better", said Rahinsky.

"We need to look at everything, from our hiring to our training to our supervision", he said. Rahinsky said he plans to meet with the girl's family.

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