A Detroit Police Department officer has been sidelined and is under investigation after he posted a video on Snapchat in which he mocks a black woman he just pulled over, according to WXYZ-TV.
The officer, 18-year vet Gary Steele, had just pulled over Ariel Moore for having expired license tags. Her car was about to be towed as a result of the stop, and the woman was walking home as Steele recorded her, and he and his partner made jokes about her.
"Walk of shame," one of the officers said as Moore walked away. "In the cold," the other responded.
"Bye Felicia," one of them said, in a reference to a catchphrase said by a black female character in the movie "Friday."
Additionally, Steele added some captions to the Snapchat video. In the top right corner was the caption "Celebrating Black History Month." Across the bottom of the screen read the words, "What Black Girl Magic Looks Like."
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According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the officers offered Moore a ride home, but she refused because she was upset over having her car towed and opted to walk instead. Craig was enraged by his officers' behavior.
"I'm not going to tell you I'm troubled," Craig said. "I'm going to tell you I'm angry. This incident is absolutely not reflective (of the department). This is not acceptable."
Moore's mother, Monique Mobley, called the Snapchat video "racist" and said "They demeaned my child for no reason."
Steele has reportedly been deappointed from his corporal ranking and has been reassigned to desk duty during the investigation. The unidentified partner is also under investigation.
In 2008, Steele was charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun next to her head. He took a plea deal for a misdemeanor, was put on probation, and kept his job with Detroit PD.
(H/T The Hill)