In a trend that is increasingly more common, the officers in Michigan who pointed a gun at an 11-year-old girl and then proceeded to handcuff her will not be disciplined, police announced Wednesday (Dec. 20)
The incident occurred earlier this month as police arrived at the home Honestie Hodges in to search for her 40-year-old aunt, who was suspected of stabbing a relative. Captured on police body camera video, the footage picked up where a visibly terrified Honestie approached a pair of officers with her arms raised as one pointed a gun at her. The officer told her to put her hands on her head, then instructed her to turn around and walk backward toward him.
Honestie’s mother, Whitney Hodges, yelled for the officers to stop, telling them Honestie was 11 years old.
The moment intensified when Honestie finally reached the officers. One told her to “put your right hand behind your back” and opened a pair of handcuffs. Honestie began screaming “No. No. No! No!”
The officers handcuffing her tried to calm her saying: “You’re not going to jail or anything,” but the screams only continued as the clip ended.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Honestie told Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI after the Dec. 6 encounter. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’ve never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer, but ever since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.”
According to The Washington Post the suspect, Carrie Manning is a white woman.
Police Chief David Rahinsky said in a Facebook statement that the department is looking to take steps “to ensure equitable outcomes in our interactions with the community.” The department is planning on making more effort with the community with the creation of the “Honestie policy,” which will require officers to get to know the kids on their beats better by interacting with them at community programs.
“We are confident that this introspection and these new measures will lead to tangible outcomes, making a real and lasting difference in our community,” Rahinsky said in the statement.