Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handcuffed an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint.
Honestie Hodges told WOOD-TV that on Dec. 6, she was leaving her home through the back door to go to the store when she was confronted by the police.
Her mom, Whitney Hodges, said that the police ordered Honestie to keep her hands up and walk backward before they put her in handcuffs and put her in the back of a police car.
“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,’” Hodges said.
“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Honestie told the TV station.
Honestie also recalled how she banged on the windows of the police car and screamed to her mother, “Please don’t let them take me.”
Police have begun an internal investigation into the matter. According to Grand Rapids police, officers had come to the home in search of Carrie Manning, 40, who is white. Manning was wanted for a domestic stabbing, and police believed that she might have been armed and hiding out in the home.
“As officers were setting up a perimeter, three females simultaneously exited the home, two adults and one 11 year old juvenile. Until it could be determined that the individuals were not the suspect, nor armed with a weapon, the three were ordered back to officers and detained,” the department said in a statement.
As for Honestie, the young girl is still badly shaken from the incident.
“I’m afraid to open or go near my back door … because of what happened,” she told WOOD-TV. “I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don’t want anything to do with those kind of things.”