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Handcuffed by police outside his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Honeystie Hodges died Sunday at the age of 11 in a horrifying incident that portrayed anger and national headlines in 2017. She was 14 years old.
Her death at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids was caused by Covid-19, her grandmother Alisa Niemeyer wrote in a post on the website GoFundMe.
The incident occurred on December 6, 2017. When Honestie faced a police officer with a gun, he went out of the back door of the house with his mother and another family to the store.
“Put your hands on you,” the policeman ordered them before being disturbed by Onesty’s mother yelling, “She’s 11 years old, teacher!”
“Don’t scream!” The cop responded, as recorded by the cop’s body camera. He ordered Honesty to raise his hands and walk backwards towards him.
The second officer grabbed her arm and pulled it behind her back to handcuff it. Honesty shouted, “No, no, no!” Begging the policeman not to put her cuffs on her. Police said they were searching for a 40-year-old woman in connection with the stab, and removed her handcuffs minutes later.
The incident caused widespread turmoil, which led to a soul quest within the Grand Rapids police station. At a press conference, then police chief David Rahinsky said: I feel physically nauseous. He retired in 2019.
Rahinsky said in a statement at the time that no officer was disciplined for not violating the department’s policies. Nevertheless, the ministry admitted that police officers made mistakes in treating children.
By that time, police had already faced criticism of an encounter similar to March when five innocent teens were struck by guns.
Honesty, who was black at the time, screamed. “I have a question for the Grand Rapids police. If this happened to a white child, would he handcuff it and put it behind the police car if his mother was yelling,” She’s 11 years old. ” She reportedly said on MLive.com, a Michigan news site.
In March 2018, police adopted the “Honestie Policy”. This requires the use of the least restrictive options when dealing with young people. Still, there are a few more incidents of police pointing weapons at children, raising tensions in Grand Rapids. Local television station WOOD-TV reported this summer that Hornestie and her family were in talks with the city to resolve a claim filed for an episode of handcuffs.
Honestie developed severe abdominal pain on November 9th, her 14th birthday. She was taken to the hospital, tested positive for a new coronavirus, and sent home. But that night, her condition worsened, an ambulance was called, and she was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. For the next few days, she received iron and blood transfusions due to complications. She was placed on a ventilator on November 14th. However, her condition never improved. Niemeyer has updated the GoFundMe page for prayer.
Then, on Sunday, Niemeyer wrote: “It is a very heavy heart to tell you that my beautiful, cheeky, wise and affectionate granddaughter has returned home with Jesus.”
Niemeyer created the GoFundMe page to collect donations to Whitney Hodges, a daughter who had to quit her job to care for Honestie and her four other children.
Ling Satfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said Honesti was not the youngest person to die in Covid-19 in Michigan.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Covid-19 deaths in children are generally rare, but Hispanic and black children are more likely to be admitted to or admitted to the ICU than white children. I will.
Niemeyer told WOOD-TV that Honeystie was “healthy and happy” and had no underlying health problems.
“She could one day become Vice President, or perhaps President,” Niemeyer said. “The world was open to her.”
Honestie Hodges, handcuffed by police at the age of 11, died at the age of 14.
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