A police officer in England, Arkansas, was fired Wednesday after video surfaced showing him telling two black men they didn’t belong in the city, KTHV-TV reported.
The incident occurred on July 21, but the two men refrained from publicizing the video until Tuesday in hopes that their complaint against Officer Mike Moore would be resolved by the department.
“We wanted to give the chief the opportunity to perform her investigation,” one of the men, Shannon Scribner told KTHV. “So we held the video close to our chest and waited for her to provide a response.”
Scribner and Demarcus Bunch were in England shooting a music video, when Moore allegedly parked nearby to observe what they were doing.
They decided to move to another location when they noticed Moore, but he followed them there as well. Hoping to clear the air, Scribner and Bunch approached the officer to introduce themselves.
Bunch recorded as Scribner walked up to Moore and shook his hand. Moore introduced himself, and the two men told him what they were doing, and that they were related to another officer in the England Police Department.
Moore seemed disinterested in what they had to say, and asked if they were recording him. When they told him they were, Moore responded “You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city.”
Bunch and Scribner tried to tell the officer they were from England, but Moore said he had never seen them, even though he “knows almost everyone here.”
“But you understand, I know who my people are, right, who belongs here and who doesn’t?” Moore asked the men.
Moore ended the conversation by saying he wasn’t from England, and asking the two men to step away from his car because he was about to get his K-9 out.
What does the department say?
The department didn’t comment on the issue past a one-sentence statement announcing Moore’s termination. Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley, who fired Moore from that department last year, provided some insight into the situation, however.
“It is not a race issue, it is a personality issue. He was terminated from Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office because he couldn’t get along with other officers and other agencies,” Staley said.
(H/T The Hill)