Police release body camera video of handcuffing incident

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids police have released body camera video from a controversial stop of three boys in the Burton Heights area last weekend.

Police handcuffed a 17-year-old and twin 11-year-old boys Sunday night near Eastern Avenue and Elliott Street after receiving a 911 call saying there was someone in a group of people with a gun. Police say the three boys fit the “general description” of the suspects from the call, and were in the same “general location”.  The boys were found to be unarmed.

You can watch the entire 12 minute video here:

Thursday, police say they were reviewing the 911 communications and the footage from the officers body cameras and vehicle cameras.

FOX 17 spoke with the mother of two of the boys Friday and we'll have more on FOX 17 News starting at 4:00 p.m.

Full post from GRPD:

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5 comments

  • Rose

    Looking at this video, I feel the police showed a lot or restraint, patience and even compassion,especially for the young man who was crying. I was in tears myself while watching it, but I thought the police handled it very well. They had a duty to respond to the call and make certain there was no gun as was reported and I applaud the way they conducted themselves.

  • C

    If the people who are complaining about this incident and others that are similar in some way would honest to God put themselves in the cops’ shoes they might see things differently, but I doubt it. And in the cases where the suspected weapon turns out to be a BB gun, the cop needs to make a split second decision. If he guesses right, fine. But, if he guesses wrong, he’s dead.

    • C

      Hey, censor. The only possible reason for my comment not meeting your standards are the words “honest to God”. If those words offend you…………..Never mind.

  • MVG

    The mother says it’s “racial profiling.” Really? If the boys/young men were described as being black, and these boys are black, in that regard they match the description. How is that profiling?