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City fires police officer

June 24, 2019
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A local police officer seen on bodycam video repeatedly punching a man during an arrest has been fired.

The city of Grand Rapids confirmed Thursday that the officer notified the city manager that he was waiving his right to a discharge hearing.

The Grand Rapids Police Department earlier this month announced that its Internal Affairs Unit determined that the officer violated department policy during the March 17 traffic stop and should lose his job. Police note the officer cursed and struck the motorist dozens of times in the leg.

The Kent County prosecutor's office earlier declined to bring criminal charges against the officer.

The department has faced recent scrutiny, including an investigation by Michigan's Civil Rights office into complaints of discrimination and the arrest of a 12-year-old boy.

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