Police Chief James Craig slammed the commentary as “racially insensitive,” and has now escalated the punishment of both men as the department investigates if the comments were part of a larger pattern, the Daily News notes.
White DETROIT Cop Gary Steele mocks Black Woman after SEIZING her CAR ' BYE FELICIA ' on SNAPCHAT with STICKERS 'What black girl magic looks like and “celebrating Black History Month.” pic.twitter.com/jc2de8dKsj— Monroe Muhammad Jr (@noifoi48) February 1, 2019
“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,” Craig said during a press conference. “When we look at a police officer engaging in this kind of behavior, this is not our expectation.” Steele is also under increased scrutiny, given that he was charged in 2008 for attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun near her head. Despite the violence of his actions, Steele was given a plea deal on misdemeanor charges, got off with only probation and was even allowed to remain on the force. Craig acknowledged earlier that he was “concerned” about the pattern of Steele’s behavior, considering the cop’s history. In the meantime, the chief added that the department paid for Moore to get her car back and that he personally reached out to the family.