Girl held at gunpoint, cuffed by police

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WILX) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department has opened an internal investigation into how a situation was handled regarding the treatment of an 11-year-old girl.

The department has admitted its officers held the girl at gunpoint, handcuffed her, and threw her in the back of a cruiser.

Honestie Hodges is a student at Stocking Elementary.

She was walking out of the back door of her home when she was met by several officers.

Her mother says Honestie was ordered to walk backwards with her hands up, then police put her in cuffs, patted her down and put her in the back of a cop car.

Honestie's mom Whitney Hodges said, "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," but that didn't stop officers.

The Grand Rapids Police Department admits they put Honestie in handcuffs.

Officers were at the home looking for her aunt, Carrie Manning, who was wanted for allegedly stabbing her little sister.

But Honestie's family says their problem with Grand Rapids Police Department is that Manning is a 40-year-old white woman and Honestie is a little black girl.

Honestie says she's now terrified.

"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," said Honestie, "I wanted to be a detective, no a police officer, but now I don't want anything to do with those kind of things."

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers detained the women and Honestie because it had not been determined if any of them were the suspect and officers didn't know if they were armed.

The department says it will not comment until the investigation is complete.