A Detroit police officer was demoted after posting a racist Snapchat video of a black woman.
Chief James Craig, the police chief of the Detroit Police Department, revealed in a press conference Thursday that an officer is being penalized after racially demeaning a young black woman after impounding her car. Officer Gary Steele stopped the woman for expired registration. Her vehicle was towed and Steele recorded the woman while she walked home in the cold saying “Bye Felicia.”
The officer even made a reference to Black History month, which Craig said is that much more problematic. Steele put the “Celebrate Black History Month” and “What black girl magic looks like” filters over the Snapchat video of the woman, WXYZ reported.
“What they put on there, that’s racist. They’re demeaning my child for no reason,” Monique Mobley, the woman’s mother said.
Craig said the posts were racially insensitive and was concerned about the woman walking home in the cold during Michigan’s extremely cold temperatures.
“I’m not troubled, I’m not disappointed, I’m angry,” Craig said. “This officer will be held accountable for his actions,” he said. “We are moving to remove his corporal rank.”
According to the chief, Steele, who has been with the department for 18 years, has had a troubling history.
“After reviewing the history, there is a pattern, and I’m concerned about this pattern,” Craig said.
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