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Grand Rapids Police won't discipline officers who arrested 11-year-old black girl

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The Grand Rapids Police Department says it will not discipline the officers involved in handcuffing an innocent black girl earlier this month.

The department launched an internal investigation after the 11-year old-girl was held at gunpoint, searched and handcuffed at her home.

But that investigation found that the officers didn't break any department guidelines.

Officers were looking for the girl’s aunt, a middle-aged white woman, at the time of the incident.

Dave Rahinsky, the city’s chief of police, issued a statement saying the department will look for ways to prevent another incident like this from happening.

“Concrete steps are being taken to ensure equitable outcomes in our interactions with the community,” Rahinsky said.

Despite the lack of a formal discipline for the officers involved, each officer in the department will have to go through cultural competency training and new situational training for dealing with children.

The department currently has an outside agency, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, reviewing its policies for signs of racial bias.

A report released earlier this year found that black motorists are twice as likely to be stopped as white motorists in Grand Rapids. 

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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