Police Officer Suspended For Taking Racist Video Of Disabled Man
A Michigan police officer has been suspended after racist videos of him telling a black man with disabilities to sing and dance went viral. The officer in the town of Grosse Pointe Park will also be forced to undergo sensitivity training when he returns to work after telling the man to “dance like a chimp.”
The racist clips, which were reportedly shared among officers and their families, show a man off-camera telling homeless African-American resident Michael Scipio to “do your song – the song…drink, drink, drink.” The 55-year-old Scipio said he has been frequently stopped by police, but their requests to have him sing and dance “made me feel like a fool.” He also said he was unaware he was being filmed by cops.
A Grosse Pointe Park officer also forwarded an image of a man riding in a trailer to other officers and wrote: “Got to love the coloreds.” Greg Bowens, spokesman for Grosse Point Park police, acknowledged that a specific officer had claimed responsibility for the videos. However, he declined to name him due to privacy concerns. “We all feel deeply, deeply sorry for the video we saw,” said Bowens. “This is not a true reflection of the people of the city of Grosse Pointe Park.”
However, Minister Malik Sahazz of the Marcus Garvey Movement called on any officer involved with the video to be fired. “What kind of fun is it to take advantage of someone?” he asked. “It’s humiliating.”
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