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Police Use Bean Bags Ammunition To Stop Suicidal Woman

The incident happened Thursday evening near the roundabout at Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street SE near Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The Grand Rapids Police Department says the woman cut herself with a knife. The officer whose bodycam video was released can be heard repeatedly asking the woman what her name is, urging her to drop the knife and telling her that police don’t want her to harm herself. “If you put the knife down, you can come and sit in my car and talk to me,” the officer can be heard saying. “…You’re not in any trouble. We just want to know what’s going on here.” Police gave the woman plenty of space, standing on the other side of the street, while they tried to reason with her and worked out a plan. “I will talk to you, but you’ve got to throw that knife away,” the officer can be heard saying. “I don’t want you to hurt yourself and I don’t want to hurt you.”

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