Police in a Detroit suburb have reportedly launched an internal investigation after video and photographs allegedly showing officers harassing black men surfaced on a blog this week.
"On Thursday, November 14 2013, the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department was contacted by an individual who said that he was in possession of video clips and a photo of African American males," Grosse Pointe Park Police Captain David Loch said in an email to The Huffington Post. "The video clips and photo are allegedly made by an officer of this department."
"The department has begun an internal investigation of this matter," the email continued. "The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department does not tolerate unprofessional conduct by its officers when interacting with any citizen they may come in contact with."
The videos and pictures were released by Motor City Muckracker reporter Steve Neavling who reportedly also works for Reuters.
According to Neavling, "most of the videos are shot from squad cars" and show officers telling black men to "dance like a chip." One of the photos released shows a black man riding in the back of what appears to be a trailer with the caption, "Got to love the coloreds."
Neavling did not name who released the photos and video to him and said he had more footage, but was choosing not to release it "because of the humiliating nature."
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