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Michigan Police Launch Internal Investigation After Cops Handcuffed an 11-Year-Old Girl and Held Her at Gunpoint

Screenshot: NBC
Screenshot: NBC

Local NBC affiliate WOOD reported on Monday that the Grand Rapids Police Department had formally begun an internal investigation stemming from an incident earlier this month when 11-year-old Honestie Hodges was held at gunpoint by cops, handcuffed, and shoved into the back of a police cruiser.

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On December 6, Hodges, who is black, was reportedly heading out of her home through its back door to go to the store when she was intercepted by cops, who were searching for Hodges’ aunt, Carrie Manning. Manning, a 40-year-old white woman, was wanted for allegedly stabbing her little sister a few blocks away, and was believed to be armed. At the time, the cops’ baffling excuse for arresting Hodges alongside her aunt was that they couldn’t rule out the possibility that she was a suspect and also armed.

Needless to say this absurd and unfounded precaution scared the shit out of Hodges, a young child, who recalled of the incident, “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.’”

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Hodges says that she is now terrified to go near the back door of her own home. She also no longer wants to grow up to be a cop. “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.

This week, the GRPD released a 45-second clip of an officer’s body camera footage documenting the arrest, which shows that a cop pointed a gun at Hodges as she was handcuffed in front of her mother, who plead that her daughter is only 11 years old. Perhaps the most disturbing part is Hodges’ terrified screaming as she was asked to put her hands behind her back.

Sgt. Cathy Williams told NBC News on Thursday, “This investigation has been set as a priority. All other investigations are on hold until it is concluded. None of the officers have been placed on administrative leave, they are still working their normal schedules.”

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I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned before...it was terrifying. I can’t inagine what it was like for her. I was an adult but because of a clerical error, literally someone just leaving a piece of paper on their desk instead of filing it, I answered a doorbell one night to find multiple cops fully kitted out asking for me.

That was 6 years ago and I still have nightmares about it. I have this fear every single time I see a cop that something g else will have gone wrong and I’ll be sent back. Like literally scared to death til leave the house because of it.

Your entire sense of, “well if I just do the right thing I’ll be okay.” Is shattered and it’s what people don’t get about the black lives matter movement.

These cops and the city and whoever else could apologize in all different ways, they could give her all the money, but they can never give her her innocence back or heal her PTSD.