“Officer Reinink recognized immediately he had made a mistake, a mistake we all regret,” Payne said. “We never want these types of incidents to happen. Mistakes were made.”
Protests erupted in cities across the U.S. following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, who was Black and handcuffed, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes even as Floyd begged for air and eventually stopped moving.
In Grand Rapids, a number of stores and shops were damaged. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss declared a civil emergency and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the National Guard to be deployed to assist with curfew enforcement and property protection.