Police in a Detroit suburb are under fire after a Grosse Pointe Officer admitted to making a mentally ill black man sing and dance while he recorded and took photo’s to show to his friends. Unfortunately; this grotesque incident was just one of the many that have recently occurred. Earlier this month, several photos/videos showing degrading portrayals of black men were submitted to the blog, Motor City Muckraker, from officers who sent them to friends and colleagues in the upper class, majority-white Michigan suburb of Grosse Pointe Park.
According to journalist, Steve Neavling; “One video portrayed a voice alleged to be an officer asking black men to do humiliating tasks, including “dance like a chimp.” In another incident, an officer allegedly texted a photo of a black man in the back of his trailer with the text, “Gotta love the coloreds.” Neavling says, that he has dozens of videos in his possession but refuses to share them because of the ‘humiliating nature’.
As of right now, the unnamed officer has been taken off duty but many are convinced that he’s not the only one involved and (hopefully) an investigation of sorts will be underway.