Disturbing police video shows 11-year-old girl screaming as cop points a gun at her
Police issued a statement on Monday evening stating that they had detained the girl and the two women because officers could not determine whether they were the suspects.
A disturbing police video emerged on Tuesday showing a Michigan police officer pointing a gun at a black 11-year-old girl and handcuffing her as the child screamed in terror.
Michigan police chief David Rahinsky, at a press briefing on Tuesday, commented on the officer's body camera footage and said that he was nauseated after watching it, according to CBS News reports.
"Listening to the 11-year-old's response makes my stomach turn – it makes me physically nauseous," Rahinsky said. "To say anything less than that would be insincere."
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Police issued a statement on Monday evening stating that they had detained the girl and the two women because officers could not determine whether they were the suspects. The officials said that the women and the girl were not armed.
Police spokesperson Cathy Williams added that the 11-year-old was handcuffed for nearly two minutes and then was brought into an alley where she was patted down to ensure she was not carrying any dangerous weapons. Williams said that girl was later placed in the police cruiser for 10 minutes and was eventually allowed to stand in the alley with her other siblings.
The Grand Rapids police department reportedly opened an internal investigation into the case after the incident occurred on Wednesday last week.
"The juvenile is treated the same way we would have treated any adult. When you're dealing with an 11-year-old, it's inappropriate," Rahinsky said.
The police chief added that they were looking for an attempted murder suspect they believed may have been in the home when the officer detained the child and two other women as they exited the house. One of the women was the girl's mother.
Reports state that police were looking for the girl's 40-year-old aunt, who was suspected of stabbing a relative. However, they did not find the suspect at the home. She was later arrested at a house nearby.
The girl's mother, Whitney Hodges, recounted the incident stating that the station officers had ordered her daughter to come down from the porch with her hands up.
“They had police cars over on this street, they had police cars all along the ally,” Hodges said.
"The whole time they are telling her to come down, I'm telling them ‘She's 11-years-old. That's my daughter. Don't cuff her,’" Hodges added.
The body camera video of the incident was played by police chief at the press briefing, where the officer can be seen asking the child to walk back towards him with her hands up in the air as he held up a gun pointed at her.
Hodges could also be heard in the video saying, "She's 11 years old, sir," and "That's my child." The officer is then seen handcuffing the girl, who begins wailing and screaming "No!"
"You're fine, you're fine, you're all right," the officer is heard saying. "You're not going to jail or anything." While another officer present at the scene can be heard saying, "Quit crying."
The girl later said that the incident made her feel scared and that she was afraid of going near her back door because of the what happened, according to WOOD-TV.
"It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong," the girl told the television station. "I'm afraid to open or go near my back door because of what happened."
"When my mom was walking past, I was putting my hands through the little bars, banging on the windows, screaming, 'Please don't let them take me,'" the girl told the station.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said that an internal investigation was launched after the family expressed concern about the incident.
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