Commissioner Calls Cops Stupid Over Swatting Response, Chief Fires Back

Grand Rapids police are under fire for handcuffing a 12-year-old girl as they responded to a call about a shooting.

Grand Rapids, MI – The Grand Rapids police chief defended his officers for putting a 12-year-old girl in handcuffs while they were responding to a call about a shooting on Oct. 9 (video below).

Officers were responding to a 911 caller’s report about a neighbor being shot when the incident occurred, WDIV reported.

“Somebody shot one of my neighbors. There was a lady – she came out her house – she said ‘no, no, don’t do it! Don’t shoot me!’ and then shots rang out. She came out her front door and somebody shot her,” the caller told the 911 dispatcher on a recording Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky played for reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

The caller told police that her daughter, who was watching from an upstairs window, had seen somebody shoot a woman three times as she begged for her life, WOOD reported.

Police were given a detailed description of a home on Batavia Place NE near Fulton Street where the witness said the shooting had happened.

When officers responded to the address provided by the caller, they ordered the family inside the home to come out.

Rennae Wooten claimed that police pointed guns at her children and handcuffed her 12-year-old daughter in the process of clearing their home, WOOD reported.

Chief Rahinsky released bodycam video of the incident on Oct. 16 and defended his officer’s response to the reported shooting.

“Officers showed compassion, they showed good judgment, the individual, the 12-year-old who was handcuffed was handcuffed for a minute and change,” the chief explained to reporters after he showed them bodycam from one of the officers on the scene.

“The tone of the officer, I think was appropriate. Officers did as they were trained to do, which puts themselves and the individuals they are dealing with in the best possible position in terms of officer safety and community safety," he said.

The bodycam showed the girl complying with police instructions to walk backwards, kneel, and put her hands behind her back.

The young woman in tennis shoes knelt on the pavement while an officer placed her in handcuffs, the video showed.

“Alright, I’m going to help you stand up, alright? You’re alright. You got no weapons on you or anything like that?” the officer spoke calmly and kindly to the 12-year-old girl in the video.

When the girl said she was only 12, the officer told her they would quickly search her and take the handcuffs off.

The reported shooting turned out to be fake, and police quickly released the family, WOOD reported.

But the girl’s mother said the brief incident left her daughter shaken and said she had been unable to return to school since it happened.

Kent County Commissioner Robert S. Womack weighed in on what he said he believed was a racial incident on his Facebook page, and criticized the police for their response.

"They were walked out backwards with their hands up. It has to stop somewhere. I do look at it as stupidity. It's like, you're dealing with a child," Womack complained.

But Chief Rahinsky took umbrage at Womack’s characterization of what occurred.

"I think he does a disservice to both the community and the Police Department,” the chief said. “Some of these issues transcend race. This didn't need to be a racialized issue."

"This response would be the same at any zip code in this city. It would be the same if it was my house, yours, or Commissioner Womack's, based on the limited information we had, the danger involved both to the officers involved and the members of the community," Chief Rahinsky told reporters.

The commissioner announced on social media that he had organized an “All Kids Matter” march in front of Grand Rapids police headquarters on Sunday, according to WDIV.

You can see the officer’s bodycam in the video below:

Comments (40)
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Deadrock
Deadrock

The Commissioner needs a swift kick in the ball. That is if he had any.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

"But the girl’s mother said the brief incident left her daughter shaken and said she had been unable to return to school since it happened."

Bullshit. The girl had the gall to call 911, and actually say someone got shot, and watched for the police response from her bedroom window. Sick little bitch. People actually get shot because of these fake calls. So for her mom to say that says a lot, and explains why shes making those calls to begin with. Any kid of mine ever makes a false report like that is grounded for life without parole. Damn sure aint gonna defend the behavior and now blame the police for something she did. Idiot kid and idiot parent.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I'm guessing this is a case where the P.C. is completely appointed and has ZERO LE experience?

I love the show "Blue Bloods" where Commissioner Reagan is a cop first and always puts his men and women above everything, especially politics. Would that there were more Frank Reagans in the world!

Mrs10
Mrs10

My 3yr old nephew spent a very happy afternoon "arresting" me and placing me in cuffs then in the back of the patrol car to take to jail. I'm so shaken and traumatized now. I'll be in my Safe Cry Place if you need me.

(His Uncle showed him how to use the PA and he quite excitedly announced to the neighbors that he had another bad guy coming to jail 😁)

Mrs10
Mrs10

Probably traded them in for the cush position!

Logic Required
Logic Required

Notice how they always say it’s a racial issue and police handled it so wrong but NEVER say how they think it should be done. Because the answer would be stupid and wrong.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

So is there any update on the person that called the swat in? That's a felony.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The mother was probably the caller so she could start her million dollar lawsuit against the police. Getto Lottery!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

So ........cops can't put stuff on social media but this P.C. can, and gets away with bashing the cops ?

Ghetto lottery wanna be's for sure.

Grog
Grog

This Commissioner was just looking for an excuse. What a POS!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Traumatized for being in handcuffs for a few moments?? Oh please biatch, you are just setting up your lawsuit for your ghetto/thug lottery. If you want to sue anyone, sue the person who called in the report to 911. Because the cops were just doing their job!! And you are setting your daughter up for failure if she can't handle a moment of inconvenience. Smdh

RPG156
RPG156

Oh, FFS...

Marxest
Marxest

Police handle swatting incidents the same, regardless of race. But still, wow. So many 'compassionate' people on this site. An innocent black family was placed inhandcuffs and you all make light of it and say they deserved and caused it. Then you all wonder why a marching bands re-enacts the "killing of two cops".... You all are just the same as that marching band. God bless America! Lol..

I-am-me
I-am-me

The whole scenario involving the Wooten family sounds set up. You are past being stupid for the family to have even put on such a "show" of the shooting, etc. THEY put the 12 yr old in harm's way by even trying anything so stupid. The police carried out their job the way they should have and thank God no one was seriously wounded or killed by the family's stupid actions, to begin with. This is nothing but a setup case to file a lawsuit and make money sitting on their butts. They are the ones that should have charges against them!!!

chattycathy
chattycathy

OK, how were the Officers supposed to know she was 12?????? Worried that this race pimp is saying that the Police 'acted stupidly' when those are the VERY words obama used to start this entire race/ LEO division! ('the Boston PD acted stupidly') Lets see you 'talker's' go into this scenario blind like our Officers have to! Grrr

fellingburg
fellingburg

what a black "official" using the race card. I'm shocked!!!!

ShadyGray
ShadyGray

12yr olds kill all the time. Now if she was 3yrs old that would be a different story.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Did he say "An all iodits matter march?" He'll surely attend....

Bubba Jim
Bubba Jim

I spent nearly 30 years in Law Enforcement at the local and federal level. Loved most every minute of it. I retired a little over 15 years ago. My daughter was a LEO for over 7 years before she was required due to injuries to get into another profession. A lot has changed, I really changed now. I have a hard time recommending anyone going into LE now. Something has to change if we are going to keep getting qualified individuals to go into this honorable profession.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The public does not understand police procedures.