- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A woman said her family kept a Grand Rapids police officer’s body camera for evidence of unfair treatment after she and three others were arrested at her mother’s 74th birthday party.

Family members said the situation around 10 p.m. Saturday should have ended with a request to turn down music, not arrests, WOOD-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2aivcE4 ). They said they want charges dropped, but the police department said officers acted properly.

“We went to jail for nothing,” said Eunique Allen, who was charged with a felony for resisting or obstructing an officer. Her mother was cited for holding a disruptive party.

“One of the kids told me that the police was out front,” Allen’s mother, Marie Allen, said. “I went to the front to greet the police.”

In a statement, police said the “situation deteriorated” as they tried to find out who was responsible for the party, leading to arrests. The department said one of the people involved “became actively resistant” and the officer’s body camera was knocked off.

Police said the camera was thrown into another yard before someone took it.

Eunique Allen said picked up the camera at one point, initially thinking it was her fiancé’s cellphone. She said she tried to give it back, throwing it on the ground.

The body camera was later returned to police. The department said it will release a copy of the video and any alleged misconduct will be investigated.


Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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