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Internal investigation underway at GRPD after video circulates online

Robert Womack

After a video went viral on social media sites that showed a white Grand Rapids Police officer repeatedly punching an African-American motorist in the head, the department confirmed Wednesday its launching an internal investigation into the matter.

The video is body cam footage that the GRPD released last week. The incident took place during a March 26th traffic stop, and shows three officers pulling a black driver from his car after he refused to get out, wrestling him to the ground, and as police try to place handcuffs on him, one officer punches a man, Diabate Hood in the face seven times. 

In a police report, the officer, Michael Reed said, he punched him in the face several times because Hood was reaching for the officer’s gun, and stopped punching him when his hands went to cover his face. 

However, Hood says in the video he never reached for the officer’s gun, and there is nothing in the video to indicate he had. 

Now, Grand Rapids police Chief Eric Payne has ordered an internal investigation as to whether the officers used excessive force. 

I reached out to the Grand Rapids Police, the Department said it would not be commenting at this time, pending the investigation.