Grand Rapids officer fired for excessive force incident from March

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Rapids police officer has officially been fired after being captured on video using excessive force on a suspect.

An official with the City of Grand Rapids says that Officer Drew Rau waived his right to a discharge hearing before the City Manager and has been terminated immediately.

An Internal Affairs investigation after the March 17 incident showed Rau violated several department policies. Interim Chief David Kiddle had recommend Rau be fired. He had been on leave since the incident.

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  • lml25

    This gives the go-ahead to all minorities and some crazy whites (much fewer)to resist arrest because the cops can’t fight back against a thug who’s high and wont let himself be arrested.That’s called defanging the police force.What’s next,eliminate warrants on wanted criminals?

  • steve

    In nearly every instance like this, I’m thinking that the ‘victim’ caused the problem, not the cop. But, the fact that the officer waived his right to a hearing is the equivalent of a no contest plea, which is the same as saying ‘guilty’ without saying so. I think he realizes that he was wrong, and trying to prove otherwise would be pointless.

    • lml25

      Or he’s just sick of the b.s.and the job.The perp is being charged with crimes in this incident–it wasn’t a random beating.The driver was drugged up,resisted,wouldn’t come out of the car.Now with all the screaming by minority groups about EVERYTHING,Rau probably figured he was a sacrificial lamb and didn’t fight it.

      • steve

        I wasn’t there. But, while I don’t blame the officer’s actions, I’d question the number of times those actions were ‘administered’. I don’t know how officers put up with the PC crap that they have to be aware of constantly, and inwardly they’re probably madder than hell about always being at fault every single time something like this happens even though the victim is usually the cause of the problem to begin with. If these ‘offended’ people would clean up their act, stop breaking laws, accept responsibility, and start cooperating with the police the world for everyone would be a better place.

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