Grand Rapids Association of Pastors reacts to GRPD incident with 5 boys

Community meeting about GRPD

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Dozens of community members and pastors packed in the basement of Brown Hutcherson Ministeries on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to discuss the incident where five boys were held at gunpoint by Grand Rapids police officers. 

Three speakers attended the meeting to give clergy members a clearer picture of how the incident unfolded on March 24. Cle Jackson, of Grand Rapids NAACP, said he has seen the body camera footage and was left disturbed. He said one of the children, a 12-year-old, had a melt down worrying that he would be shot and killed. 

The officers later determined the five boys were both unarmed and not the suspects involved in a large fight that broke out at the Kroc Center. 

The community is now demanding change from GRPD. Pastor Tim Harris said it is time for Grand Rapids to own up to the racial profiling prevalent in our community. 

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