Police Abuse

Video: Michigan Cop Holds 11-Year-Old Girl at Gunpoint, Handcuffs Her

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Body camera footage shows a cop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, pointing a gun at an 11-year-old girl, Honestie Hodges, and then handcuffing the screaming child.

Police Chief Dave Rahinsky said at a press conference that the video made him "physically nauseous" and represented "a discredit to the way the community is being served."

The police department has opened an internal investigation into an incident, but it has not identified any of the officers involved. One of them can be heard on the video telling the girl to "quit crying."

Watch the video below:

Police say they received permission to search the girl's home—they were looking for her aunt, Carrie Manning, who had allegedly stabbed her younger sister a few blocks away. She wasn't found in the home.

"We need to look at everything, from our hiring to our training to our supervision," Rahinsky said at the press conference. "What we're going to look at is when is it appropriate for discretion to override practice and protocol in dealing with an 11-year-old.

"If an officer can point to policy, or can point to training, or point to hiring and say, 'This is what I was told, this is how I was taught, this is consistent with practice,' then we've got a problem," he continued. "And what I just said is accurate. We do have a problem.

"As an agency, we're going to have some tough conversations that include the community," he added.

Even in this apologetic mode, Rahinsky is falling back on familiar excuses for police misbehavior. How many "conversations" can you have? How often can you respond to misconduct by proposing more training?

WOOD-TV notes that Rahinsky "recognizes [what] it's like in the heat of the moment and dealing with the unknown." These are popular non-sequiturs. Cops don't crack the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America, but police apologists from the president of the U.S. down to the local union boss create the impression that few careers are as dangerous as law enforcement.

With that mindset, pointing a gun at a child might make perfect sense. That mindset has to change.

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  1. I didn’t see it mentioned here but read in another local news article that while the girl that was held at gunpoint and forced into the back of a cruiser is black, her aunt, the one the police were searching for, is white.

    1. and the girl was 11 and the woman was 40-something, so, you know, honest mistake – no need for all the hysteria.

      1. Judge Roy made that mistake all the time, apparently.

  2. Police Chief Dave Rahinsky said at a press conference that the video made him “physically nauseous”

    “Our officers are fully trained in submission tactics that include repeated tazings and choking a bitch, so why the perp continued screaming is a mystery that we will be investigating.”

  3. “We need to look at everything, from our hiring to our training to our supervision,” Rahinsky said at the press conference. “What we’re going to look at is when is it appropriate for discretion to override practice and protocol in dealing with an 11-year-old.

    “Look, I was never specifically trained not to handcuff or point a loaded gun at an 11-year-old girl”

    1. +1 George Costanza defense.

      1. “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon… you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.”

        1. +1 cashmere

  4. They grow up too fast. /scared cop

  5. “How often can you respond to misconduct by proposing more training?”

    I dunno. Perhaps we should ask Congress as they prepare to schedule more sexual harassment training for their members.

    1. “That’s not a training video!”

      “So that’s why the actors seemed more enthusiastic than usual.”

      h/t Dilbert

  6. As an agency, we’re going to have some tough conversations that include the community …

    “Dear Community, this will be hard to say, but it must be said: the police union believes you are disposable and we can’t get hired without their backing because you think they are indispensable, so, well, suck it up or grow a pair.”

    1. “Also, if you plan to interact with a police officer at any time in the future, please practice your SimonSays-Twister-CaptureTheFlag moves to prevent your ultimate demise. kthxbye”

      1. Maybe I spend too much time here [hey, it is after all my primary news source nowadays, low industry bar notwithstanding] but since I have a concealed carry permit I have all of my documents nearly at fingertip in my car should I be pulled over. Drivers license and CPL, declaration of gun no gun, registration and proof of insurance on the dash, hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel, and no sudden or unnecessary movements, nosiree!

        And I’m too f’n old for twister, thank you, so just shoot me.

  7. Credit where credit is due; The police chief seems to be acknowledging that the problem very probably extend beyond the officer, that ‘all proper procedures were followed’ will not do, and even that it would be a sign of even bigger problems. That puts him head and shoulders above the usual government drone. Well done.

    Now, follow through. Fire the silly sumbitch.

  8. I feel safer already.

    1. [Stands really close to $park?]

      How’bout now?

      1. The closer you stand to $park?, the further you are from the rest of us. Carry on.

  9. I want cops to live long and die of natural causes at old age… from ball and ass cancer.

  10. “We need to look at everything, from our hiring to our training to our supervision,” Rahinsky said…

    “And when I find out who is in charge of all those things, boy, is he going to get a talking to.”

  11. Whatever happened to the gal who was shot by the cop, outside the car window, in Minnesota? (Besides the obvious).\

  12. Hnduffing hurt prevent him from having to potentially wretingher to the ground..

    1. Handcuffing her prevented him from having to potentially wrestling her to the ground-

  13. They literally hire the worst people. Everyone is asking sexual harrassers would they want that to happen to their wife, sister, daughter or mother. It’s time they started asking that of the cops. What kind of a man would even consider doing something like that? Especially when they knew they were looking for a 40 year old white woman.

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