Thursday, January 31, 2019

01312019 - Officer Gary Steele - Detroit PD - Back In The News Again For All The Wrong Reasons - Posted Video Mocking Young Black Woman After Traffic Stop




JANUARY 31, 2019 - OFFICER GARY STEELE - DETROIT PD
Detroit police officer Gary Steele forced an African-American woman to walk home in dangerously frigid temperatures after a traffic stop, and then mocked her on social media.








03042008 - Detroit Police Officer Gary Steele facing life in prison for domestic violence assault against his ex-girlfriend


Officer Gary Steele's Past Domestic Violence Conviction
06232009 - Officer Gary Steele - Sentenced To Probation - Detroit PD

03042008 - Officer Gary Steele facing possible life sentence for domestic violence assault


The laws that protected Officer Gary Steele and placed him back on duty with the Detroit PD are the same laws which protect all police officers arrested/charged with domestic violence and fail to protect OIDV victims in the state of Michigan:










2 Detroit police officers suspended for video taunting black woman
Detroit Free Press
February 05, 2019
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2019/02/05/officers-suspended-video-taunting-black-woman/2775635002/
Two Detroit police officers have been suspended amid an investigation into racially demeaning comments made during a traffic stop and posted on social media.

Officer Gary Steele and an unidentified officer stopped 23-year-old Ariel Moore for driving with an expired license plate last week. They seized the vehicle, leaving Moore to walk one block to her home in the cold and dark.

WXYZ-TV reports that video posted to Steele's Snapchat account showed Moore walking home as he says "priceless" and "bye Felicia." The caption tags read: "What black girl magic looks like" and "celebrating Black History Month."

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Police Chief James Craig said Monday that the officers have been suspended with pay. Craig earlier demoted Steele from corporal and apologized to Moore.

The Associated Press sent a message Tuesday seeking information on whether Steele was available to comment or had a lawyer.












Detroit officers who posted stop on social media suspended
Detroit News
February 04, 2019
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/02/04/detroit-cops-who-made-snapchat-post-suspended/2772240002/


Over the past several days, our Internal Affairs section has been investigating a very hurtful and racially insensitive snapchat post involving two of our department members. Based on preliminary findings and additional information obtained from an officer who came forward, I have made a decision to suspend both officers, effective immediately.

I have spoken to a number of department members, men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, rank and file, who have expressed their disdain and outrage in this incident. We hold our officers to a higher standard. Our officers are expected to serve the community both ethically and respectfully, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

We will continue to move swiftly with our investigation and remain transparent with our community. Our focus is to maintain the integrity of this department and the public's confidence in it. Thank you to our local leaders and residents for your support - Chief James Craig

Two Detroit police officers recorded in a traffic stop using racially charged comments have been suspended following a probe, police Chief James Craig said Monday.

“When we look at a police officer engaging in this kind of behavior, this is not our expectation,” he said during a news conference at Detroit Police Department headquarters. “...It is important for us to swift action in dealing with this kind of behavior."

Officer Gary Steele pulled over Ariel Moore near Joy Road and Stout Street on the city's west side Tuesday for an expired license registration and impounded her vehicle. He watched as Moore, who declined a ride from the officers, walked a block to her home and awaited a tow truck.

Video posted to Steele's Snapchat obtained by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) shows Moore walking home as he says "priceless" and "bye Felicia" with caption tags that read, "What black girl magic looks like," and "celebrating Black History Month." 

His partner from the department's Sixth Precinct, who has not been identified, was in the vehicle and recorded saying "walk of shame." 

The investigation of the officers, who have been suspended with pay, includes determining whether there was a pattern of behavior and if Steele posted a similar Snapchat video in December 2017, Craig said. 

"The statements that you saw in the video reflects some other contacts that Officer Steele and his partner had at different times, comments about (a) walk of shame, and certainly some derogatory remarks as it relates to both African-American men and African-American women," the chief said.

Meanwhile, following alleged “cultural issues” at the Sixth Precinct, where the officers were assigned, and concerns raised by colleagues, the department also is conducting an audit.

“While our focus is on these officers, we certainly want to root out any such behavior,” Craig said.

Craig last week said Steele, who has been with the department for 18 years and worked to train other officers, had been reassigned and demoted from his rank as corporal.

The department also paid for Moore to remove her vehicle from the tow yard, and Craig reached out to the woman's family.

"We believe that the way that young lady was treated was inappropriate," he said Monday. 

Referencing the department's social media policy, and the firing last year of another officer who posted controversial content, Craig noted that law enforcement personnel are held to a higher measure than others online.

"Because we’re held to a higher standard, if you show a bias in a post of some sort, how can you effectively go out and provide policing to a community?" he said.












White Officer Demoted After Mocking Black Woman Who Walked Home In Freezing Temperatures
Essence
February 04, 2019
https://www.essence.com/news/white-officer-demoted-after-mocking-black-woman-who-walked-home-in-freezing-temperatures/


A white Detroit police officer has been demoted from his rank of corporal and reassigned from his precinct after posting Snapchat videos mocking a Black woman who walked home in subzero temperatures after having her car impounded.

According to CBS News, the officer, identified as Gary Steele, and his partner, pulled over the woman last Tuesday for having expired license tags. The officers impounded the car and the woman, identified as Ariel Moore, turned down the officers’ offer to escort her home and started walking in the freezing cold.

That’s all well and good, but it is what happened next that has everyone on edge.

Steele thought it was a good idea to pull up his Snapchat and record footage of the woman walking away as he and his colleague start quipping, “Priceless,” “Walk of shame…in the cold,” and “Bye, Felicia.” The videos were first uncovered by news station WXYZ. To make matters worse, he used premade filters on the social media app, including “What Black girl magic looks like,” and “Celebrating Black History Month in the captured footage.

“I’m not going to tell you I’m troubled, I’m going to tell you I’m angry,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Thursday. “And I’m going to tell you why I’m angry — I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post.”

Craig said that the department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which could result in Steele receiving a reprimand, being suspended, or even being terminated. In the meantime, as mentioned before, he has been demoted and reassigned.

In the meantime, both Moore, and her mother, Monique Mobley, are trying to make sense of what happened to the young woman.

“What they put on there, that’s racist,” Mobley told WXYZ. “They demeaned my child for no reason.”

“I’ve never had this happen to me in my life, so I’m kind of shocked,” Moore added.

According to CBS, Craig said he spoke to Mobley on the phone and offered and apology, adding that the department will pay for the costs for the towing and impoundment of the vehicle Moore was driving.

Meanwhile, Steele, of course, is under increased scrutiny, with some on social media wondering why he was still on the force in the first place, given that in he was charged in 2008 for attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun near her head. Despite the violent act, Steele was given a plea deal on misdemeanor charges, got off with probation, and was allowed to remain on the force.

Craig did acknowledge that he was “concerned” about the pattern of Steele’s behavior and said he would be looking into it.

“I think after reviewing his history, there’s a pattern there, and I’m concerned about that pattern,” Craig said. “That’s something I’ll be looking into and addressing as well.”












Detroit police chief wants to demote cop after Snapchat video
Detroit Free Press
February 01, 2019

The Detroit Police Department is in the national spotlight for a police officer's racially insensitive Snapchat post.

The Snapchat video, first shown on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), subsequently prompted an internal investigation and strong rebuke from Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

In the video, a woman is shown walking away in the cold as police officers appear to seize a silver vehicle. 

"Priceless," a voice says. 

The filter used on the Snapchat video posted by user "Cpl Steele" is labeled "Celebrating Black History Month" on the upper right corner and says "What Black Girl Magic Looks Like."

"Walk of shame," a voice says. 

"In the cold," another responds.

The video ends with the words "Bye, Felicia."

The story since has appeared on CNN and The Washington Post. 

Craig addressed the incident during a news conference Thursday and said the officer who posted the video has been on the force for 18½ years and reached the rank of corporal. 

In response to what Craig called a "racially insensitive post," the officer has been reassigned from Detroit's 6th Precinct and the department is moving to demote him.

Craig said the officer will not have contact with the public and that his partner is also under investigation. 

"Many times when I have to talk about office misconduct, whether it's criminal or not criminal, I always say, 'I'm troubled.' I always say it's not reflective of this police department," Craig said. "Not troubled, not disappointed, I am angry."


The chief also expressed concern that the woman in the video was walking during "one of the colder days in Detroit."

He confirmed that the traffic stop was made because of expired registration, and the officer had the lawful right to tow the vehicle, but he added that he is troubled by what happened after. 

"The officer makes the bad decision to make a Snapchat post, and in it ... it has, 'Bye, Felicia,' and that's derogatory and that's not what we expect of our police officers," he said. "And then on top of that, she's walking ... very cold night, it's dark and now in my view, she's in harm's way."

Craig added that they have since learned from body camera footage that an offer was made to escort the woman home — she lives roughly a block away from the stop — but she refused. 

The woman in the video has since been identified as Ariel Moore, who spoke to WXYZ-TV with her mother, Monique Mobley. 

"I've never had this happen to me in my life, so I'm kind of shocked. Don't really know how to feel right now, still trying to take it in," Moore told the station. 

Mobley denounced the video. 

"What they put on there, that's racist, like they demeaning my child for no reason," Mobley said to WXYZ-TV. 

Craig told media on Thursday that he has since called Mobley and expressed his concern over how her daughter was treated. He added that the police department will be waiving the car's towing fees, and the vehicle is now available for release. 

"That could have been my daughter, that could have been my sister. It doesn't matter it could have been anyone's sister," he said. 

Craig also announced that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Graveline will be serving as the new director of the professional standards section and constitutional policing unit for the department. 

It's not the first incident of a Detroit police officer getting into trouble for a Snapchat post.

In September, the department fired an officer and opened an investigation into his conduct after a picture he posted to Snapchat with a racially-charged message went viral.













Detroit police chief apologizes for officer’s ‘racially insensitive’ Snapchat video
NBC News
February 01, 2019
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/detroit-police-chief-apologizes-for-officer-s-racially-insensitive-snapchat-video-1436208195921


Officer Gary Steele was demoted and re-assigned after he recorded a video on Snapchat of a black woman walking home after she had been pulled over and her car impounded. The officer is heard saying “Bye Felicia” and used a pre-made caption about Black History month.














White Detroit officer demoted for Snapchat video taunting black woman he pulled over
CBS News
February 01, 2019
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/detroit-police-officer-gary-steele-demoted-for-snapchat-video-deriding-black-woman-he-pulled-over/



Detroit -- A white Detroit police officer has been demoted after posting a Snapchat video in which he made derogatory comments about a black woman. He made the comments after he impounded her car, and as she walked away in the cold. 

The video that was posted to Snapchat was first uncovered by Detroit television station WXYZ, who identified the officer as Gary Steele. 

Steele and another officer pulled the woman over Tuesday for having an expired registration. They impounded her car and she walked away after turning down an offer to be escorted home, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig said the stop and the tow were both lawful, but the Snapchat video was where the encounter "went bad." The video shows the woman walking away in sub-freezing temperatures -- Detroit's low was 2 degrees Tuesday -- with the captions, "Celebrating Black History Month" and "What black girl magic looks like." 

The officers can be heard commenting back and forth, "Priceless," "Walk of shame," "In the cold," and "Bye, Felicia."

Craig said his department launched an internal investigation that could result in anything from a written reprimand to suspension to termination. In the meantime, the 18-year veteran has been demoted from the rank of corporal and re-assigned from his precinct.

"I'm not going to tell you I'm troubled, I'm going to tell you I'm angry," Craig told reporters at a news conference Thursday. "And I'm going to tell you why I'm angry -- I'm angry because this was a racially insensitive post."

WXYZ identified the woman in the video as Ariel Moore.

"I've never had this happen to me in my life, so I'm kind of shocked," the young woman told the station.

Monique Mobley, Moore's mother, denounced the officers involved.

"What they put on there, that's racist,"  Mobley told WXYZ. "They demeaned my child for no reason."

Craig said he has spoken to Mobley on the phone and apologized. He said the department will pay the fees associated with the towing and impoundment.

Craig also referred to the officer's "troubling history." WXYZ reports the officer was charged in 2008 with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend in Canton and firing a gun near her head. He reportedly took a plea deal on a misdemeanor, received probation and was allowed to stay on the force.

"I think after reviewing his history, there's a pattern there, and I'm concerned about that pattern," Craig said. "That's something I'll be looking into and addressing as well."













Video Shows Detroit Cop Forcing Young Black Woman To Walk In Freezing Cold, Calls It ‘Black Girl Magic’
To no one's surprise the officer involved, Gary Steele, has a history of domestic violence and was even arrested in 2008
Hello Beautiful
January 31, 2019
https://hellobeautiful.com/3022312/viral-video-detroit-cop-force-black-teen-walk-cold-black-magic/


A white Detroit police officer is under internal investigation after a Snapchat video got leaked of him forcing a young Black woman to walk in the freezing cold with the captions, “what Black Girl Magic Looks like” and “celebrating Black History Month.”

According to WXYZ Detroit News, on Tuesday night Corporal Gary Steele pulled over Ariel Moore, 24, for having expired plates. He then instructed her to get out of her car and walk in the subzero temps. As she walked the one block to her home, he recorded it and in the video, you can hear him telling Moore, “Bye Felicia.”


“What they put on there, that’s racist,” Monique Mobley, Moore’s mother, told the news station. “They demeaned my child for no reason.”

Ariel added, “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.”

The Daily Beast reported that Steele, an 18-year veteran of the force, has been “placed on administrative leave and demoted from his rank.”

In a press conference on Thursday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig stressed that he is incredibly angry about Steele’s actions.

“I am angry,” he said, adding,”I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post.”

What makes this matter even worse is that Steele has a history of domestic violence,  firing his gun at an ex-girlfriend and was even arrested back in 2008. Yet, he still held on to his shield.

“He has a troubling history,” Craig added. “His departmental history predates my appointment. It would have been a different outcome if I had been chief.”

You can watch Craig's full press conference in the video below.












Detroit cop ‘celebrates Black History Month’ by forcing African-American woman to walk home in dangerously frigid temperatures
Raw Story
January 31, 2019


A Michigan police officer forced a young black woman to walk home in frigid weather after a traffic stop, and then mocked her on social media.

The officer stopped Ariel Moore in Detroit on Tuesday for having expired license plate tags, and then made her leave the car there and walk, reported WXYZ-TV.

Temperatures at the time were below freezing.

The officer, identified as Gary Steele, then recorded video of Moore walking away from her car and shared it on social media.

Steele can be heard making condescending remarks about Moore in the Snapchat video, which was captioned “what black girl magic looks like” and “celebrating Black History Month.”

Steele has been restricted to administration duty while the incident is investigated by internal affairs, according to the TV station.

The same officer was charged in 2008 with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun next to her head, and Steele accepted a plea agreement on misdemeanor charges that allowed to remain a police officer.












Detroit police chief takes action over officer's offensive Snapchat post
WXYZ News - Detroit
January 31, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r6lji1krlc












DPD 'taunts' black woman walking in snow
Click On Detroit - WDIV News - Detroit
January 31, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM-7LpmfM-w














Detroit police open investigation after officer posts demeaning Snapchat of black woman
KGUN News
January 31, 2019
https://www.kgun9.com/news/national/detroit-police-open-investigation-after-officer-posts-demeaning-snapchat-of-black-woman





The Detroit Police Department says it is investigating after an officer posted a racist and demeaning Snapchat video of a woman he had pulled over for a traffic stop.

Detroit police confirm that Officer Gary Steele is restricted from working in the field after he posted the Snapchat.

On Tuesday evening, Steele and another unidentified officer pulled over Ariel Moore for driving with expired license tabs. Moore was ordered to walk to her destination because of the expired tags.

As she walked away, the officers recorded Moore with a cell phone camera. The officers referred to Moore as making a "walk of shame in the cold." One of the officers used the phrase "bye Felicia."

The video also included a "Celebrate Black History Month" filter that included the caption "what black girl magic looks like."

"What they put on there, that's racist. They're demeaning my child for no reason," Monique Mobley, Moore's mother said.

The video was uploaded to a Snapchat account with the handle "Cpl Steele." The last name matches that of a public LinkedIn profile for Gary Steele , who lists his job as a police officer in the "special operations section" in the city of Detroit.

Detroit Police officials later confirmed that it was Steele who uploaded the video.

Steele faced legal issues in 2008, when he was charged with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun near her head in Canton, Michigan. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charged, served probation and was able to remain on the police force.











White Officer Demoted for Posting ‘Racist’ Videos Mocking Black Woman Walking Home
Detroit Officer Gary Steele pulled over a young woman in freezing weather. And when she walked home, he taunted her on social media, writing, ‘What black girl magic looks like.’
The Daily Beast
January 31, 2019

A young, black woman walked home in the bitter cold on Tuesday night while a white Detroit police officer openly mocked her on social media, with Snapchat videos captioned “walk of shame” and “bye felicia.”

Officer Gary Steele reportedly pulled over Ariel Moore, 24, for having expired license-plate tabs. Her vehicle was towed, and so she walked the rest of the way home in the below-freezing weather.

Steele, meanwhile, drove alongside Moore, posting videos to his Snapchat with racial taunts like “What black girl magic looks like,” and “celebrating Black History Month.”

Local news station WXYZ-TV publicized the Snapchat posts, and Steele, an 18-year veteran of the department and a corporal, was then put on administrative leave and demoted from his rank following. Officials are conducting an internal investigation on the matter.

“What they put on there, that’s racist,” said Moore’s mother, Monique Mobley, in an interview with the station. “They demeaned my child for no reason.”

Her daughter added: “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.”

Moore lived roughly a block from where she was detained, said police Chief James Craig during a Thursday afternoon press conference. Craig said he called Mobley to apologize the night after the video, adding that police have waived the towing fees and released the car back to Moore.

“I’m not troubled. I’m not disappointed. I’m angry,” Craig said.

The chief noted that body-camera footage showed Steele and his partner, who is also under investigation, offered Moore a ride home on Tuesday night.

“At some point, the officer made the bad decision to make a Snapchat post,” he continued. “On top of that, she’s walking on a very cold night. It’s dark, and, in my view, she’s in harm’s way.”

“It could’ve been my daughter, my sister,” added Craig. “It doesn’t matter, it could have been anyone.”

Prosecutors reportedly charged Steele in 2008 with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun next to her head, and the officer accepted a misdemeanor plea deal for probation.

“His departmental history predates my appointment,” said Craig. “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.”

Craig said he had removed the officer’s rank of corporal and that he will not have contact with the public until the investigation has concluded.











Social media post shows Detroit officer making racist comments about African-American pulled over
WXYZ News
January 31, 2019
https://www.wxyz.com/news/social-media-post-shows-detroit-officer-making-racist-comments-about-african-american-pulled-over



DETROIT (WXYZ) — We're exposing a social media post that has sparked an internal investigation into a Detroit police officer. Comments made in that post are being called racist by a woman pulled over and told to leave her car and walk home in below freezing weather.

Detroit police are calling the behavior of one of their own completely inappropriate and problematic. They're now launching an internal affairs investigation over what took place during a traffic stop.

Take a close look at this video temporarily posted to social media site Snapchat following a Detroit police traffic stop near Joy Road and Stout Tuesday night.

Listen closely as the officer makes a few condescending remarks toward an African-American girl he has instructed to walk home in the cold. We've confirmed she was pulled over for having expired license tabs.

Notice in the upper left corner of the screen the officer shared his Snapchat name. Detroit police confirm his real name is Gary Steele. The man seen in this public LinkedIn page.

We showed this video to Ariel Moore, the young woman who was videotaped on a cell phone, and her mother, Monique Mobley. They're now sharing their outrage over his words and captions that read "What black girl magic looks like," and "celebrating Black History Month."

Also disturbing is officer Steel's prior trouble with the law. Prosecutor charged him with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun next to her head back in 2008. the incident in Canton ended with Steel taking a misdemeanor plea deal for probation and staying on the force. He's declined to speak with 7 Action News since we brought the video to the attention of DPD.

We've confirmed that the officer is restricted from working in the field for now. We'll stay on top of this to make sure the officer is held accountable.











Craig: Officer reassigned after social media post
The Detroit News
January 31, 2019
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/01/31/detroit-police-officer-reassigned-investigated-racially-charged-social-media-post/2733757002/


VIDEO: https://twitter.com/SarahRahal_/status/1091059809149947904

Detroit — A Detroit police officer has been reassigned while the department investigates racially-charged comments made during a traffic stop and posted to the officer's social media this week.

The alleged incident happened during a traffic stop near Joy Road and Stout Street on the city's west side Tuesday night, police said. 

Officer Gary Steele pulled over Ariel Moore, 23, for an expired registration on her license plate and seized her vehicle. He told Moore to exit the vehicle and that it would be towed. Moore walked about a block to her home in below freezing weather.

Video posted to Steele's Snapchat obtained by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) shows Moore walking home as he says "priceless" and "bye Felicia" with caption tags that read, "What black girl magic looks like," and "celebrating Black History Month."

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the officer had the lawful right to make the stop and tow her vehicle, but the comments made him angry.

“I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post,” Craig said during a press conference Thursday. “...At that point, the officer makes the bad decision to make a Snapchat post saying 'Bye Felicia' and that’s derogatory and that’s not what we expect of our police officers. On top of that, she’s walking a very cold night, it’s dark and now in my view, she’s in harms way even if she only lived a block away.”

During the investigation, Craig said they saw through the officer’s body camera that he offered her a ride home and she declined. Craig said he removed Steele's corporal rank for the incident. 

Steele, who has been with the department for 18 years and works to train other officers, has a troubling history with the department.

In 2008, Steele was charged with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun near her head in Canton. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charged, served probation and was able to remain on the police force.

"His departmental history predates my appointment," Craig said. "There would have been a different outcome had I been a chief in those years, but I can’t go back and undo what’s already been done. But his history is troubling… There’s a pattern and I’m concerned."

His partner from the department's sixth precinct was also in the vehicle recorded saying "walk of shame." Craig said the partner is also being investigated. 

This isn't the first officer to post insensitive content to social media. In September, former officer Sean Bostwick, 27, was terminated for posting a Snapchat photo of himself in uniform with the caption "another night to Rangel (sic) up these zoo animals."

“This incident is absolutely not reflective of this police department,” Craig said. “We had someone else post an inappropriate comment on social media some months back. He was a new officer and is no longer a Detroit police officer."

Craig said he has reached out to Moore and her mother to apologize for the incident and the department is paying to get her vehicle out of the tow yard.

"...I’m not troubled, not disappointed, I’m angry," Craig said. "And then to make the reference to Black History Month is even more problematic in a city that’s 82 percent African-American…Do know this officer will be held accountable for his actions."












Detroit police open investigation after officer posts demeaning Snapchat of black woman
ABC News - Cleveland Ohio
January 31, 2019
https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/national/detroit-police-open-investigation-after-officer-posts-demeaning-snapchat-of-black-woman


The Detroit Police Department says it is investigating after an officer posted a racist and demeaning Snapchat video of a woman he had pulled over for a traffic stop.

Detroit police confirm that Officer Gary Steele is restricted from working in the field after he posted the Snapchat.

On Tuesday evening, Steele and another unidentified officer pulled over Ariel Moore for driving with expired license tabs. Moore was ordered to walk to her destination because of the expired tags.

As she walked away, the officers recorded Moore with a cell phone camera. The officers referred to Moore as making a "walk of shame in the cold." One of the officers used the phrase "bye Felicia."

The video also included a "Celebrate Black History Month" filter that included the caption "what black girl magic looks like."

"What they put on there, that's racist. They're demeaning my child for no reason," Monique Mobley, Moore's mother said.

The video was uploaded to a Snapchat account with the handle "Cpl Steele." The last name matches that of a public LinkedIn profile for Gary Steele , who lists his job as a police officer in the "special operations section" in the city of Detroit.

Detroit Police officials later confirmed that it was Steele who uploaded the video.

Steele faced legal issues in 2008, when he was charged with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun near her head in Canton, Michigan. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charged, served probation and was able to remain on the police force.














Detroit Cop Posts Racist Video Of Black Woman In Freezing Cold After He Seized Her Car
The Snapchat video posted by Officer Gary Steele included a sticker that read, “Celebrating Black History Month.
Huffington Post
January 31, 2019
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gary-steele-detroit-police-racist-snapchat-video_us_5c53697ae4b0bdf0e7d974d0

A Detroit police officer is under fire for a racially charged Snapchat video of a black woman he pulled over for a traffic stop.

Officer Gary Steele has been reassigned while the Detroit Police Department investigates the video, which department officials confirmed he posted on Tuesday.

The incident began after he pulled over 23-year-old Ariel Moore for having an expired registration and seized the vehicle.

Steele then told her to exit the vehicle so the vehicle could be towed. She declined a ride home from the officers and had to walk a block home in below-freezing weather, according to Detroit station WXYZ.

The video shows her walking away, one of the officers says she is doing the “walk of shame,” and stickers are added that read, “What black girl magic looks like” and “celebrating Black History Month.”

It ended with an officer saying, “Bye, Felicia,” according to the Detroit Metro Times.

Moore and her mother, Monique Mobley, said they were shocked when WXYZ showed them Steele’s video.

“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,” Moore said.

Mobley didn’t pull punches. “What they put on there, that’s racist. They’re demeaning my child for no reason,” she said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters on Thursday that he agrees with her assessment. “I am angry. I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post,” he said, according to the Metro Times.

Although he noted that body-camera footage showed that Steele and his partner, who is also under investigation, offered Moore a ride home on Tuesday night, Craig said Steele’s Snapchat post was a very “bad decision.”

“On top of that, she’s walking on a very cold night. It’s dark, and, in my view, she’s in harm’s way,” he said, according to the Daily Beast. “It could’ve been my daughter, my sister. It doesn’t matter, it could have been anyone.”

Craig said that Steele’s use of “Bye, Felicia” was “derogatory” and that the reference to Black History Month is even more “problematic.”

Steele has been placed on restricted duty, pending an internal investigation, according to ClickOnDetroit.

This isn’t the first time Steele has been in trouble. In 2008 he was charged with physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun next to her head, according to WXYZ.

He took a misdemeanor plea deal for probation and stayed on the force.

Craig admitted Steele has a “troubling” history, which Craig said “predates my appointment,” according to The Daily Beast.

Craig added, “It would have been a different outcome if I had been chief.”

Steele did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

You can see a news report on the incident below:













James Craig says officer has been reassigned from precinct
Click On Detroit
January 31, 2019
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/chief-angry-after-racially-insensitive-snapchat-from-detroit-officer-who-had-woman-s-car-towed



DETROIT - Detroit police Chief James Craig said he's not troubled, he's angry about an officer who posted a "racially insensitive" Snapchat after having a woman's car towed because of expired registration.

Craig held a news conference at 1 p.m. Thursday to address the incident.

'Racially insensitive post'

He said an 18 1/2-year veteran of the force pulled over a driver because of expired registration and made the call to tow the vehicle.

The officer had a right to make that stop, according to Craig. He said the driver wasn't happy about being stopped and towed on such a cold night.

Afterward, the officer is accused of making a Snapchat post about the woman and including the comment, "Bye, Felicia." Craig said that's a derogatory reference to Black History Month.

"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."

Craig said body camera footage shows the woman was offered a ride home, but refused and walked a block in the cold and dark.

Officer reassigned, de-appointed from rank
Craig said the police officer was hired before his tenure and has a troubled past with the department. He said the officer's previous incidents would have been handled differently if he were in charge at the time.

"He has a troubling history," Craig said. "When I look at his background and the seriousness of what he was charged with, my question is, 'What did the department do?' I can't go back in time and address that issue. It's my issue now, but it does raise a lot of questions for me, especially when you look at his prior conduct."

Since the incident, the officer has been reassigned from the Sixth Precinct until the internal investigation is completed. He was also de-appointed from the rank of corporal, Craig said.

"I think after reviewing his history, without going into details of that at this point, there is a pattern, and I'm concerned about that pattern," Craig said. "That's something I'll be looking at and addressing, as well."

Craig said the officer has been with the police force for 18 1/2 years, making him a tenured employee who should know better. He is also involved with training other officers, Craig said.

The chief said his officer's rights will be respected during the investigation, but that he "absolutely" has concerns about the officer's ability to protect the community in a fair and balanced manner, which is what led to him being reassigned.

Craig said the officer will not have any contact with the public until the investigation concludes.

"That's not what we expect of our police officers," Craig said. "This officer will be held accountable for his actions."

The officer's partenr is also part of the investigation, accordin to Craig.

A majority of the Detroit Police Department was troubled by the Snapchat post, and many reached out to Craig to express their concerns, he said.

Punishment could range from a written reprimand to a suspension to termination, Craig said.

Craig called to apologize
Craig said he called the woman's mother and apologized personally for the way her daughter was treated.

"That could have been my daughter," Craig said. "It could have been my sister. It doesn't matter. It could have been anyone's sister. Not acceptable."

Craig said when an officer makes such a poor decision, it reflects poorly on the Detroit Police Department and him as the chief.

He also said the department will be paying for the towing fees. The woman's car is already available for release, according to police.

Relationship between police, community
Craig said the Detroit Police Department has done a good job maintaining trust with the community during a time when many departments across the country struggle to build that relationship.

"I'm not saying we have not had our challenges over that period, but by and large, this department has done an above-average job in fostering trust-based relationships," Craig said.

He said DPD is one of the few departments that doesn't hide from these types of issues and is transparent with the community, even when the topics are difficult.

"Of course, when these kinds of things happen, it does have a tendency to erode the trust," Craig said. "It has an impact on the entire profession."

Craig said the department is going to be very thorough in this investigation, but he wants to make sure it is done as quickly as possible, as the community demands.

"Not acceptable," Craig said. "(I'm) not troubled, not disappointed. I am angry, and I want your viewers, your listeners to know that. This is not what we expect of Detroit police officers."

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Graveline, who has been hired by the Detroit Police Department, shared Craig's thoughts on the incident.

"It's disgusting," Graveline said. "It's clearly racial in overtones. It's not what we expect from officers, and going forward, we're going to do a thorough, impartial investigation, but we intend to move very quickly on it."

You can watch Craig's full press conference in the video below.