Forum at GRPD after dispute over cuffing girl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids police chief and a Kent County commissioner who criticized officers for handcuffing a 12-year-old girl have organized an event to teach the community about the police department's Youth Interaction Policy.

The forum will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Rapids Police Department on Monroe Center at Division Avenue. It is open to the public.

GRPD will pass out copies of its Youth Interaction Policy (PDF), which was created earlier this year, and talk about its implementation. The GRPD Training Unit will take questions about how officers are taught to make decisions and training on the Youth Interaction Policy.

Additionally, the Internal Affairs Unit will explain how community members can file complaints.

GRPD Chief David Rahinsky and Kent County Commissioner Robert S. Womack had disagreed publicly Tuesday about an incident last weekin which a 12-year-old girl was handcuffed while police responded to an ultimately bogus report of a shooting. Officers cuffed the girl, asked her age and then released her after they learned she was 12. In all, the girl was in cuffs for less than two minutes.

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