Surveillance video shows arrests after GR Commission meeting

Authorities escorted three people out of the July 12 meeting and then arrested them in the hallway. Everything was filmed by a surveillance camera.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — About a month after a Grand Rapids city commission ended prematurely with three people under arrest, 13 ON YOUR SIDE has obtained security footage of those arrests.

On July 12, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss adjourned the meeting early during the public comment section when a man shouted for several minutes and refused to leave.

Authorities escorted three people out of the meeting and then arrested them in the hallway. Everything was filmed by a surveillance camera.

The video, which 13 ON YOUR SIDE obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows some people being escorted out of the meeting.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom, who can be seen briefly in the video, said one of the protesters intentionally backed up against a GRPD officer, pushing them against the wall, prompting the officer to tackle them to the ground.

Commissioner Jon O’Connor stood up at one point, uttered several expletives, and then left the meeting. He later apologized for the outburst, but said a group of protesters had “crossed a line”.

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We are told that one person was charged with resisting and obstructing, while the other two were charged with causing bodily harm, resisting or obstructing.

You can watch the entire meeting here:

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Aurora J. William