Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handcuffed an innocent 11-year-old girl, held her at gunpoint and put her in a police cruiser on Dec. 6.
Honestie Hodges recalled her harrowing experience to WOOD:
It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong.
Honestie said she was leaving though the back door of her home to go to a store when the police detained her:
They had police cars over on this street, they had police cars all along the ally.
According to Honestie and her mother, Whitney Hodges, the police told Honestie to walk backwards with her hands up; she was then taken into custody.
Hodges told WOOD:
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.”
The Grand Rapids Police Department admits its officers handcuffed Honestie and two black women with her.
Honestie recalled begging her mom for help:
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.”
The police came to the home to arrest Honestie’s aunt, Carrie Manning, a 40-year-old white woman, who was wanted for allegedly stabbing her sister at a home a few blocks away.
The Grand Rapids Police Department claimed officers detained the black females because the cops were unable to determine at the time that the black females were not their 40-year-old white suspect.
Manning was actually found by police at another home whee she was charged with intent to murder, resisting and obstructing arrest, and for an outstanding warrant.
Honestie is now scared to leave her home because of the police:
I’m afraid to open or go near my back door. Because of what happened… I’m just wondering why they did that to 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 Grand Rapids Police Department has opened internal investigation, but would not comment anymore until the investigation is complete.