GRPD officer investigated for excessive force resigns


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids police officer who was being investigated for allegedly using excessive force against a suspect has resigned.

Target 8 received a tip from a viewer about Officer Kevin Penn getting in trouble for holding his gun to the head of a man who was handcuffed. Sources confirm that’s what sparked the investigation.

The incident happened Aug. 19, according to Grand Rapids Police Department records. GRPD said fellow officers reported Penn to Internal Affairs and he was suspended Sept. 12.

Sources say the incident, which involved the suspect in an armed robbery, was captured on police body cameras. Target 8 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the video and report.

GRPD said the officer was suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which was originally expected to wrap up next week.

However, before the investigation was over, Penn submitted his resignation, GRPD said Monday night. The status of the investigation now that Penn is no longer on the force is unclear.

Target 8 tried reaching out to Penn for comment, but he had not responded as of Monday. GRPD’s annual report for 2014 listed Penn under employee awards and recognitions, but didn’t provide any other details.

**Correction: Citing GRPD, a previous version of this article stated the incident happened Sept. 12. That was not correct. Records show it actually happened Aug. 19.