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Ex-officer won't be charged for holding gun to man's head

October 4, 2017
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A prosecutor said a local police officer who resigned after holding a gun to the head of a handcuffed robbery suspect won't be charged.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced the decision yesterday in the case involving the former Grand Rapids police officer.

Body camera footage released Monday shows the officer pointing the gun at the man as he was on the ground on Aug. 16.

Becker said putting a gun to a suspect’s head is “completely inappropriate” and violates protocol but wasn't a criminal act.

Becker said the officer told investigators he felt he had to place the gun near the suspect’s head to avoid harming officers if he fired.

The suspect wasn't injured.

The officer was suspended, but he resigned before an internal affairs investigation was complete.

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