Parents want apology, changes after police draw guns on boys

Parents and community members demand apology from officers that drew guns on boys

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The parents of five African American boys are demanding an apology from the Grand Rapids Police Department after officers drew guns on them last month.

The boys, ages 12 to 14, were confronted, ordered to the ground and handcuffed by police with guns drawn.

The officers were responding to reports a young black male in a group was seen with a gun. Police determined the boys were on their way home from playing basketball and not related to the kids with the gun.

Tuesday, April 11, at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting, the boys' parents and community members demanded an apology from everyone involved and called for changes in procedure to keep it from happening again.

“We are not asking for much, we just want our boys to get apologized to," says Ikeshia Quinn.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky offered an apology.

“I apologized to the young men and their families, a sincere apology and the explanation the officers involved were following up on specific information.”

Along with an apology, the parents and community members who spoke to the commission would like a department review of policies and procedures when they interact with young people.

“We ask for something to be changed," said Shawndryka Moore, another parent of one of the boys.

"We don't want this to happen to any other child. We don't want this to happen to anybody else.”

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