Our Neighbors: Grand Rapids Police Officer Fired For Punching Suspect

Drew Rau punched a suspect when the suspect was down on the ground. Now, Rau has waived his right to a hearing and lost his job with the Grand Rapids Police.

The video shows the suspect not following directions at all. However, the police don’t get to throw punches out of revenge or anger. So Rau’s career is over. Or this job is over at least.


This got me wondering about the former Grand Rapids Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Kuiper. The police sandbagged a drunk driving investigation after Kuiper hit a parked car driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The jury found Kuiper not guilty of reckless driving causing serious injury, but guilty of reckless driving. A police officer lost his job for his role in the cover up.

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