VIDEO: Pastor Records, Criticizes Police Traffic Stop, Then Truth Comes Out

A Michigan minister has been outspoken about what she witnessed on a traffic stop.

Holland, MI – A local minister criticized police as she recorded them conducting a high-risk traffic stop in her church parking lot, but now the agency has responded with the background behind the video (video below.)

Holland police stopped a vehicle which contained a suspect who was involved in a domestic incident involving a gun earlier in the day at about 6:15 pm on May 4.

Reverend Denise Kingdom Grier said she was in her office at the church and heard shouts from police in the parking lot.

She looked out the window to see what was happening and saw officers with weapons drawn, WOOD reported.

Having no idea what was going on, Kingdom Grier filmed and narrated the traffic stop on Facebook Live. Nothing from the stop could be heard on the video.

Much to her surprise, one of the men that police removed from the suspect vehicle at gunpoint was her nephew.

“Okay, so here’s another one. Who’s this? Lord have mercy. Why is that my nephew? Jesus keep us please,” Kingdom Grier said as she watched the incident unfold.

“So now how I’m supposed to feel? I’m standing here and he’s got this rifle pointed at my third son. Lord have mercy, what is really going on?” she asked on the video.

When the video began, there were several police cars were in the church parking lot and there was a suspect vehicle in the center of the parking that the police appeared to be removing the passengers from, one at a time.

The video showed at least two officers in the process of arresting a suspect. The man was walking backwards towards officers with his hands on his head.

The suspect appeared to be complying with police commands as he went to his knees and then into a prone position on the pavement next to a police SUV.

Then the video showed officer brought the suspect to his feet and walked him off in handcuffs, presumably to put him into a patrol vehicle, before removing the next passenger from the vehicle and repeating the process. The next passenger was Kingdom Grier’s family member.

Police removed four people between the ages of 19 and 23 years old from the vehicle at gunpoint, according to a Facebook post by the Holland Police Department on May 5.

During the traffic stop, Holland police nabbed the suspect in the earlier domestic violence incident and arrested him.

Police said the suspect was charged with domestic assault and felon in possession of a firearm. He also had an unrelated warrant for his arrest, according to the Holland PD’s Facebook post.

The driver was also arrested, cited and released for a driving offense, police said.

“For clarification, when there is a suspect of a crime where a gun was used, and it is believed that the suspect and gun are in the car, we consider that a high risk stop,” Holland PD added as a comment to their original post. “This stop was handled as any high risk stop would be where all occupants are removed at gunpoint until the gun is recovered and it is considered safe. Race doesn’t change that, gender doesn’t change that, we are consistent with handling a high risk situation that way."

The other two passengers, one of whom Kingdom Grier identified as her nephew, were released approximately 20 minutes after the stop, police said.

"The fact that it's my nephew exacerbates it on a personal level, but I really want to be clear that I'm outraged by the level of what I perceive as injustice," Kingdom Grier told WOOD.

She said she understood that the stop was dangerous for police and did not question whether the officers had followed proper protocol.

However, Kingdom Grier said she believed the policies might be the problem.

"No one should have a rifle pointed to their head when they're in a defenseless position," Kingdom Grier said. "So, if that is their practice — black or white or any other race — I take issue with that practice."

You can see the video of the stop below. NOTE: It's uneventful because the officers did a great job:

Comments (17)
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JBo
JBo

Maybe have your nephew choose more classy friends? Maybe a few less "experts" in fields of endeavor that they have no clue about? Maybe save your sanctimonious outrage for the person who created the problem, the domestic abuser with the gun?

gfc1963
gfc1963

Another person who thought they 'knew it all' and then the TRUTH comes out and it's a totally different story.

RetFF
RetFF

I like her quote, "No one should have a rifle pointed to their head when they're in a defenseless position," Kingdom Grier said. "So, if that is their practice — black or white or any other race — I take issue with that practice." For all the Officers knew, the people in the vehicle WEREN'T in a defenseless position. The initial report was of a suspect with a gun, involved in a domestic. I hold no blame on the officers. They did what they were suppose to and what they were trained to do. SURVIVE!

DocRyder
DocRyder

Police handly felony or "high risk" stops like this in order to gain and maintain absolute control over everyone involved. This is done for the subject's safety as well as the police. If the subjects follow the clear and concise instructions of the police, no harm will come to anyone and it will be sorted out in due course. If you choose to run with a rough crowd you choose to accept what all comes with that.

Winders
Winders

Stick to Preaching on Sunday unless you want to go to school, take 2 pre-enrollment tests, pass a state licensing exam, pass numerous drug tests, spend time in a police academy, Complete basic training in the MCOLES mandatory basic training curriculum, and the list goes on. Good work officers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So this woman is not the least bit concerned about the safety of the officers. They should do what? Run up to the car and offer to give everyone a great bit hug? I swear, there are so many people in this country who live in an alternate universe. And if they happen to be black ......oh, my GOD! Let the "you're a racist" fly.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Hatred of the police has balooned since Fergerson
Effect thanks to the baiting and slanders of Black Lies Matter, the NFL and our Corrupt Liberal Media.

Mrjim138
Mrjim138

just another racist black against the police and playing the race card .(pastor
my ass )

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid fucking 'minister' pull that card from the never-ending deck!

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

Another person that has watched COPS on TV and thinks they know how to do our job. I can’t count the people that have said they “know the law” and they will get off and I have to let them go because I didn’t read them their rights. I would never go up to a car mechanic and start telling him that he was doing everything wrong just because I watched a car show on the weekend. Unreal the amount of wannabe Officers we have. They wouldn’t last half a second. Just go back to preaching. I wouldn’t tell you how to do that for a second.

The express
The express

She's Black what do you expect. I for one am getting tired of all this crying.

katgoddess
katgoddess

So why is it that only white folk (which is just the color of your skin not your race) are racist and oppressing everyone else? Can't a black person be called a racist but if I do that then I"M being the racist.

FSchloss
FSchloss

The reverend is not too bright. The fact that someone is in a "defenseless position" at one point does not mean that he or she will remain in that position. It is the display of force that helps keep the individual there.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Lady, all you did was help perpetrate the false narrative that police are racist and do nothing but shoot and kill black people for no reason.
This stop was handled perfectly and by the book!!!! No one got shot and the one person they were looking for was arrested and the others were let go.
Maybe your nephew should choose better people to hang with!!! Save your prayer for his ass!! At least all of them complied with the officers demands, which is what helped this turn out perfect!!! Just because you know the bible doesn't automatically make you right. You can still be a stupid bitch!!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

It is almost impossible for the good Rev to make an unbiased decision because of the involvement of a family member. She chooses to make good officers who handled the situation properly look bad. That is about as biased as it gets. Obviously she has never heard of law enforcement officers being killed in high risk stops before. She had better get down on her knees and do some heavy praying for forgiveness for judging these officers and attempting to destroy their credibility.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Perhaps the reverand forgot these words in Romans 13: 1-5.. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.