Michigan Police Held 11-Year-Old Girl At Gunpoint
Michigan authorities have launched an internal investigation after police handcuff and held an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint outside of her house.
Via NY Daily News:
The incident happened when Honestie Hodges was leaving her Grand Rapids home for a store last Wednesday, according to WOOD-TV.
Grand Rapids police officers were at the home looking for the girl’s 40-year-old aunt, Carrie Manning. She was wanted for the attempted murder of her sister.
Cops instead detained Honestie and two other women who tried to leave the home.
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.
“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Honestie told the station. “I’m afraid to open or go near my back door because of what happened.”
The Grand Rapids Police Department said they detained the women because officers had not determined if they were suspects. The women, who were not armed, were eventually released, cops said.
Grand Rapids Police Department spokeswoman Cathy Williams said the girl was handcuffed for two minutes and cops patted her down to make sure she wasn’t carrying a weapon.
She was in the police cruiser for about 10 minutes and later reunited with her siblings, Williams said.
The investigation remains ongoing.