Officer suspended while use of force in arrest probed

Associated Press
Grand Rapids Police

Grand Rapids– Grand Rapids’ police chief says an officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the use of force during an arrest is investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Unit.

Interim Chief David Kiddle said Monday he was concerned after watching video footage of the incident that showed an officer using profanity and punching a man “close to 30 times” in the leg to gain compliance following a traffic stop.

Police didn’t release the name of the officer.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the video of the encounter Sunday night was shot by a resident of the area.

The motorist was jailed on charges of resisting a police officer and driving with a suspended license.

Kiddle said the motorist didn’t report any injuries and didn’t request medical attention.