Charge GRPD officer Drew Rau in the assault of unarmed man as six year old watches

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"A Grand Rapids police officer's job is hanging in the balance after video surfaced of him repeatedly punching a man during a March traffic stop.Grand Rapids Police Department officials announced Tuesday that Drew Rau has been moved from paid leave to unpaid suspension after Internal Affairs found he violated policies.In video of the March 17 stop, Rau and other officers can be seen pulling Bronquel Brown out of his car when he disobeyed orders to exit the vehicle. Officers used a Taser and pepper spray. Rau is seen punching Brown nearly 30 times. He is also heard using profanity.In the GRPD body camera footage 24 Hour News 8 obtained, Brown can be heard yelling "I'm not doing nothing" as Rau continues throwing punches.GRPD officials say Rau violated several policies. The Kent County prosecutor reviewed the case but no charges were filed." Kent County Commissioner Robert S.Womack stated: "The prosecutor did not charge the police officer for hitting this man over 21 times while he's being held down. Prosecutor did not prosecute that police officer for that, but I guarantee this young man is probably going to be prosecuted for being afraid of getting out of the car"

"Brown still faces a felony charge of resisting and obstructing officers."

"Womack said Brown's young son was in the back seat during the nightmare that unfolded:

When you got a 6-year-old son in the backseat and you're telling an officer, 'Hey I got my son in the backseat' and he's only responding with profanity ... a lot of people say follow instructions, but when someone's yelling at you using profanity it's very hard to understand those instructions and exactly what they mean," Womack said. "You could tell somebody the nicest thing in the world but if you put F-bombs in there, how serious are you about this? Some of these officers that commit these heinous crimes -- and they are crimes whether he gets charged or not; I believe that he should've been charged -- those that commit these crimes are now knowing that the police department will not be able to stand up for them," he said.

-Originally posted by WOODTV8 

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