Honestie Hodges, 11, was handcuffed by police when they detained her after mistakenly connecting her to a nearby stabbing. Now, video of the incident has prompted an internal investigation into the practices of local Michigan officers.
Hodges (a young black girl) had been entering her own home when police intercepted her. Hodges' aunt, Carrie Manning (a 40-year-old white woman), was a suspect in a nearby stabbing incident. The police claimed that they could not rule out Hodges as a suspect.
But it was the police's handling of situation that has now come into question: the child was handcuffed at gunpoint and shoved into the back of a police vehicle.
“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” said Hodges. “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.' ... I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don’t want anything to do with those kind of things."
“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,'” Honestie’s mom, Whitney Hodges, explained.
Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky says he found the incident to be "disturbing."
"Listening to the 11-year-old's response makes my stomach turn. It makes me physically nauseous," Rahinsky said after footage of the incident was released.
"In this situation, I don't think we acted accordingly," the police chief told reporters Tuesday. "I think we need to take a look at everything we do because if an officer can point to policy or can point to training or point to hiring and say, 'This is what I was told, this is how I was taught, this is consistent with practice,' then we've got a problem."
"And what I just said is accurate," he continued. "We do have a problem."
[Photo: Screenshot via Washington Post]