Cop filmed mocking black woman as she walked home in frigid weather after he seized her vehicle
A Detroit policeman received heavy backlash after posting a demeaning video of a black woman walking in the cold with a sticker saying "Black Girl Magic."
Gary Steele was identified as the officer that took to Snapchat on Tuesday. He broadcasted live video of 23-year-old Ariel Moore as she walked home in the freezing cold.
Earlier, Steele pulled over Moore in her vehicle which had expired license tabs. He subsequently seized her vehicle. When offered a ride from officers, Moore reportedly declined.
Instead, she opted to walk the block home in the extreme cold. As she went off, Steele decided to take out his phone and film her. In the clip, he attached the racial expression "What black girl magic looks like," which served to taunt Moore.
He also mockingly added "Celebrating Black History Month" at the top of the clip. Other phrases like "Walk of shame" and "Bye Felicia" were captioned onto the video.
After WXYZ-TV brought the derogatory posts to the Detroit Police department's attention, Steele was demoted from corporal. He is currently on administrative leave as officials investigate the incident.
PO Gary Steele of Detroit PD should be fired immediately. He’s very comfortable with his racism.— Ethical Society of Police - ESOP (@ESOP_STL) February 1, 2019
He made a video on duty mocking Black History Month and says “Bye Felicia” to a black woman whose car he towed.
Then he makes her walk at night in the cold.https://t.co/1gWaE8LXhv
Steele had been with the department for 18 years. In that time, he has reportedly had other issues with his behavior. In 2008, he was charged for firing a gun close to his ex-girlfriend's head.
He remained on the force by taking a misdemeanor plea deal for probation. This time, many hope there's no coming back for the officer who was labeled racist online and called to be fired.
Moore's mother, Monique Mobley, shared similar sentiments in an interview:
"What they put on there, that's racist. They demeaned my child for no reason."
@detroitpolice Ofc. Gary Steele is a bigot in uniform and unfit to serve your community. Fire the racist. @MayorMikeDuggan @CityofDetroit— Ronnie K. (@RonMindful) February 1, 2019
Detroit officer demoted for mocking woman on Snapchat after he impounded her car @CNN https://t.co/q69dZyuUBD
Moore herself commented on what happened to her:
"I've never had this happen to me in my life. I'm kind of shocked - I don't really know how to feel right now. I'm still trying to take it in."
Police Chief James Craig was also appalled by the occurrence, calling it a "very bad decision." He apologized to Moore's mother the night following the incident.
“I’m not troubled. I’m not disappointed. I’m angry. It could’ve been my daughter, my sister. It doesn’t matter, it could have been anyone.”
@detroitpolice #GarySteele. Should be immediately fired and his partner. How is this behavior acceptable? One thing she had to walk but to post Black History Month. Pure ignorance. And ignorance on your dept for allowing it. Hope the @FBI investigates.https://t.co/pfYlFk47Gw— Power2ThePeople✊🏾 (@iamgingerroot) February 1, 2019
Craig determined that Moore was "in harm's way" on that "very cold night." He also informed the public that the authorities waived all towing fees and Moore picked up her car without trouble.
Regarding Steele's questionable past, Craig said:
“His departmental history predates my appointment. I will tell you there would have been a different outcome had I been chief during those years. But his history is troubling. There’s a pattern, and I’m concerned about that pattern. So that’s something I’ll be looking at and addressing.”
A month ago, another officer from Boca Raton, Florida was punished for racist comments. Eight months later, however, he was reinstated to the force.
Sergeant Jeremy Codling used the n-word and lied under oath, but it mattered little. In November, the city arbitrated and had Codling write an apology letter to get his post back.
He underwent sensitivity training and before long returned to the streets, albeit with less pay. The move was reportedly an obligation by law that authorities had little say about.
These types of things are disheartening, to say the least. The lack of basic respect is all too common in the real day to day life of many African Americans.
One person shared a story of a man who made racist remarks to a black lady who was in front of a queue. Her response will lighten up anyone's mood.
The setting is a busy restaurant. An African American woman is at the front of the queue waiting patiently to be seated. Soon, a white man comes in and stands in line as well.
When the host walks up to them, the man steps in front of the woman and proceeds to say he should be served first. The woman's response will make you laugh.
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