Police Chief David Rahinsky said Tuesday that police body-camera footage of Honestie Hodges screaming as she's being taken into custody are "disturbing" and show the need for policing changes.
In the footage, the officer can be seen making Honestie Hodges, an elementary school student, turn around so that he can put handcuffs on her.
"It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong", the little girl told WOOD-TV.
'The 11-year-old was bound for an aggregate of 2 minutes while she was brought once more into the back street and searched to ensure that she didn't have anything hazardous on her, ' Grand Rapids Police Department representative Cathy Williams said.
The Grand Rapids Police Department on Tuesday released footage from body cameras worn by officers who were investigating a stabbing in the city on December 6. Police said they were looking for her 40-year-old aunt, who had been accused of stabbing another relative nearby.
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"The cops turned on their flashlights and had guns in their hands", the 11-year-old told the news station.
Police ordered the three females, one by one, to walk backwards toward officers before they were handcuffed. "She'll probably be afraid of police for the rest of her life", she said. "I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don't want anything to do with those kind of things", she said.
Police issued a statement Monday evening saying they detained the women and the girl because officers hadn't determined if they were suspects. Police said the women were not armed. "When you're dealing with an 11-year-old, it's inappropriate".
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalyn Bliss said that "no child in our community should experience that". "You hear the mother yelling from the steps, 'That's my child!' That's our community's child".
"I didn't know what was going on", Honestie, who was on her way to the store with her mom when police confronted them outside of their door, said. "We've got work to do as a profession, we've got work to do as an agency and we've got hard discussions to have as a community", Rahinsky said.
But her mother said she could do nothing but watch helplessly. "It's been a very, very long day, yet I have hope because I believe I sit amongst colleagues who recognize it is not a good place for us to be as a city".