Police Use Bean Bags Ammunition To Stop Suicidal Woman

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Grand Rapids police have released body camera video from an incident in which they fired bean bag rounds at a woman who was harming herself. The incident happened Thursday evening near the roundabout at Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street SE near Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The Grand Rapids Police Department says the woman cut herself with a knife. The officer whose bodycam video was released can be heard repeatedly asking the woman what her name is, urging her to drop the knife and telling her that police don’t want her to harm herself. “If you put the knife down, you can come and sit in my car and talk to me,” the officer can be heard saying. “…You’re not in any trouble. We just want to know what’s going on here.” Police gave the woman plenty of space, standing on the other side of the street, while they tried to reason with her and worked out a plan. “I will talk to you, but you’ve got to throw that knife away,” the officer can be heard saying. “I don’t want you to hurt yourself and I don’t want to hurt you.”

“No one’s going to attack you, honey,” the officer adds later. “We just want to know what’s going on today.” After several minutes, officers realized the woman was not going to drop her knife. They decided to use bean bag rounds, which are fired using a “less-lethal shotgun” carried by patrol supervisors. An officer fired four bean bags, causing the woman to drop her knife and fall down, at which point police rushed toward her and handcuffed her. Officers soothed the crying woman, reassuring her that she hadn’t been shot and saying that they wanted to help her. “They’re just bean bags. They’re just going to bruise you. You’re OK,” the officer can be heard saying in her bodycam video. Eventually, the woman was loaded onto a gurney by EMTs and put into an ambulance. GRPD said she was taken to the hospital for treatment of cuts and a mental evaluation. Police altered the bodycam video to blur the woman’s face and cut out her stating her name to protect her identity.

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20 thoughts on “Police Use Bean Bags Ammunition To Stop Suicidal Woman

  1. why does the bald rookie cop imo have a 9mm drawn on a over weight woman more than 40 feet away holding it to her neck?
    does he think she is the flash and will some how run 40 paces before he can draw his gun and empty his mag into her.. Rookie move!

    the woman office was AMAZING. And i πŸ™πŸ˜₯πŸ€πŸ™ pray that woman gets help she is OBVIOUSLY going through a lot!

  2. this woman is the only cop i've ever seen handle a situation like this properly. police should have a goal of being seen as the person that's going to help them out of the situation, not the person that's there to scream orders at them and kill them if they take one wrong step. at the same time, she recognizes when words stop working and less lethal needs to come into play. i wish every cop was like her.

  3. I agree with the female office… If anything the siren and the cop giving commands is escalating the situation… Police needs to be better train in this situation cause whatever someone is going on is between them and God …because what's more disturbing approaching some one who's going tru a bad situation or telling someone stop resisting that experience can leave trauma . What are they gonna charge her. Resisting arrest , disturbing the peace ?? You have to be mentally corrupted i bet anything all this person needed was a hug and some one to hear her out.
    The female officer get an A
    The officer who shot a B
    The one who said stop resisting what a shame that officer needs to go into evaluation

  4. That lady cop would have talked for another 24 hours. The guy cops are like – we're going less than lethal. Let's go.

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