Grand Rapids Police Officer resigned during an investigation of
unreasonable force when he placed the muzzle of his rifle against a
prone suspect’s head.
Officer Kevin Penn Resigned During An Investigation
Grand Rapids, Michigan – A Grand Rapids Police officer resigned in
the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation of unreasonable force
when the officer put the muzzle of his rifle up against the head of the
prone suspect. (Video below)
Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a CVS pharmacy
with a suspect possibly being armed with a handgun, according to MLive.
Two Grand Rapids police officers apprehended the suspect with the use
of a Taser. The suspect fell to the ground when Officer Kevin Penn
approached and put the muzzle of his rifle against the head of the
“This is a gun, if you move, you possibly could be injured, do not
move, does that make sense to you?” Officer Penn told the suspect. The
suspect said yes. Penn told him not to move as the other officer put on
“The suspect is moving his head and you can see the muzzle of the
rifle actually moving the skin/scalp on the suspect’s head, forcing his
head down,” the Internal Affairs report said, according to the news
The report stated that when the suspect asked what he did, Officer Penn said, “You didn’t listen to us.”
The suspect complained to the officer that he was in pain and said, “It hurts, bro.”
Officer Penn responded, “Yes, it does.”
The Internal Affair report said the officer should have released the pressure of the rifle from the suspect’s head.
“Officer Penn’s decision to press the muzzle against the suspect’s
head is not based on any training done at the Grand Rapids Police
Department, or subject control principles. When taken with the comments
he makes while doing so, it has the appearance of being punitive and
retaliatory in nature … ” the report said.
Officer Penn was placed on administration leave on Sept. 12 pending
termination for mistreatment of the reportedly armed robbery suspect.
Officer Penn resigned six days later.
The man who reported the armed robbery told police the suspect
punched him in the face and told police the suspect could have had a
gun. No gun was found. Surveillance video showed the suspect assaulting
someone in a video.
The 28-year-old suspect, who told police he was homeless, was
arraigned two days later on charges of assault and resisting arrest,
according to court records.
Watch the video here:
The other officers watching this should also be terminated. It would be nice to have a secondary officer correct the "out of control" just once. If you condone the behavior your just as guilty and should be prosecuted. If you want to hand out punishment, you should have finished high school and went to law school. You are what you are. Officer Penn’s decision to press the muzzle against the suspect’s head is not based on any training done at the Grand Rapids Police Department, or subject control principles. When taken with the comments he makes while doing so, it has the appearance of being punitive and retaliatory in nature … ” the report said. Disgraceful!!!
Posted by PotBelly at 10/4/2017 1:57:36 PM
I don't care that the suspect was "uncomfortable" but from an officer safety standpoint, putting the muzzle of a gun against a suspects head, or any other part of the body above the waist just invites them to disarm you. I teach that in training classes, I can grab your weapon, break your wrist and take your weapon before you can pull the trigger. I have done so in simulations hundreds of times and taught my people how to do it. Even if it is pointed at and touching my spine I can do it and you can too. A very unsafe thing for a LEO to do.
Posted by Wrath of Gawd at 10/4/2017 4:14:13 PM
This seemed to work well for the officer. I didn't any trash talk, cursing, insults hurled at the officer. Maybe this technique should be implemented into the training manual.