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Police officers in western Michigan won't be disciplined for detaining an 11-year-old girl, her mother and aunt at gunpoint outside of their home while searching for another aunt suspected in a stabbing.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that an internal investigation of the Dec. 6 incident found the officers didn't violate department policy.

Grand Rapids has seen a sharp increase in illegal firearms seizures in recent years. Grand Rapids police have seized more than 265 illegal guns so far this year, up from 254 in 2016 and more than double the 127 in 2013. The department began its One More Gun Off the Street program in 2016 to publicly highlight the effort to recover illegally owned or used guns. 

In the wake of Grand Rapids Police Officers handcuffing an 11-year-old black girl at gunpoint, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is weighing on the issue. After fighting tears at the City Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Bliss issued this statement via her facebook page:  

 “I was heartbroken by what I saw on the video, and it confirms we still have a lot of work to do. No child should have this experience. It was painful to watch, we must and we will do better.”

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A Michigan police department has opened an internal investigation after officers held an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint, handcuffed her and put her in the back of a cruiser.

WOOD-TV reports the incident happened Wednesday as the girl leaving her Grand Rapids home to go to a store.

Police say they were at the home looking for the girl's 40-year-old aunt, who had allegedly stabbed a relative nearby. Grand Rapids police also detained two other women who exited the house with the girl.

  

Body camera footage released by the Grand Rapids Police Department show police officers pointing a gun at 11-year-old Honestie Hodges, before handcuffing the young girl and placing her in a police cruiser. Police had been looking for Hodges 40-year-old Caucasian aunt, who was a suspect in stabbing before detaining the young girl. Addressing the media Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Rapids Police Department, Chief David Rahinsky said the footage made him sick.

Officials have released recordings to a media company that reveal three western Michigan police officers discussing giving an assistant prosecutor a break in a drunken driving crash that injured one person. The Grand Rapids city manager's office says Wednesday that the recordings of five phone calls were released to the MLive Media Group following a court battle. 

About $1 million in cash and more than 66 pounds of cocaine and heroin have been seized during weekend drug raids in Grand Rapids. The U.S. Attorney's office in Grand Rapids says 18 people are charged with conspiracy to distribute the drugs in the Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor areas. Authorities obtained search warrants for more than a dozen homes, businesses and storage facilities. 

A man has been shot in the chest by police executing search warrants in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the man was shot about 4 a.m. Sunday as members of the Kent County sheriff's office were trying to arrest him and another person at an apartment complex.

He was in critical condition at a hospital. The drug investigation involved a task force that included the sheriff's office and other police agencies. The task force made several arrests. No officers were injured. Grand Rapids police are investigating the shooting.

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Police say a 21-year-old man apparently drowned in a closed public pool after he jumped a fence at a western Michigan park to get inside.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the man was part of a group of men who jumped the fence at Richmond Park.

Police responded after getting a call before 6 a.m. Tuesday that the man was unresponsive. Officers pulled him out of the pool and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the pool hadn't been scheduled to open until around midday Tuesday. It has been closed until further notice.

Police in Grand Rapids are starting an effort to get young people in the western Michigan community interested in becoming police officers. The police department is expanding its partnership with Boys & Girls Club Youth Commonwealth Partners to start a new mentoring and training program. Police Chief David Rahinsky says in a statement that the department and the city have a "strong commitment to building a more diverse police department - one that is reflective of the community we serve." 

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