'What black girl magic looks like': Veteran cop posts 'racially insensitive' video mocking woman walking home in the cold
Gary Steele from the Detroit Police Department posted the footage on Tuesday which showed him using condescending remarks as he filmed Ariel Moore, 23, walking home
A Detroit police officer who impounded a black woman's car reportedly made fun of her by filming her as she walked home in the freezing weather.
Corporal Gary Steele from the Detroit Police Department allegedly used condescending remarks as he recorded Ariel Moore, 23, walking away from her car near Stout Street and Joy Road on Detroit's west side, per footage posted on Tuesday. He had reportedly stopped her for driving a vehicle with an expired registration, Daily Mail reports.
Officer Gary Steele and his partner mocked a young Black Detroit woman who they pulled over for expired tags. They ordered Ariel Moore to walk home in dangerously freezing temperatures, recorded her and posted the video with the caption "what black girl magic looks like." pic.twitter.com/AAi2U8lqTv— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) February 1, 2019
While the duo offered her a ride home, she refused and chose to walk the block home on her own. It was at that moment when the police officer began filming her on Snapchat with the stickers "what black girl magic looks like" and "black history month", which are apparently intended to be "genuine celebrations of black culture."
Steele can be heard in the video, which emerged Wednesday, mocking Moore as she walks away, saying "Bye Felicia." Now, pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident, he has been reassigned to desk work. Once the investigation is completed, Chief James Craig, his superior, will determine if he should keep his job or not.
The cop is seen in the video following Moore with his camera as she starts walking homewards in subzero temperatures. Towards the end of the footage, one of the officers inside the vehicle says the woman is doing the "walk of shame" before Steele ends the video saying "Bye Felicia." The video also featured a Snapchat sticker reading "celebrating Black History Month."
Bodycam footage from the scene shows the moments before the footage was filmed when Moore was stopped for having an expired registration. Despite Steele's offer to give her a ride home as she had to leave the vehicle, Moore declined and decided to walk it up. In a conversation with WXYZ Detroit, she said, "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."
"What they put on there, that’s racist. They’re demeaning my child for no reason," Monique Mobley doubled down against the officers.
Detroit Chief of Police James Craig said at a press conference Thursday that the post was indeed a "bad decision." He added, "I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post."
Following the incident, Craig called Moore's mother and offered a personal apology on behalf of the department. According to him, Steele had a "troubling history" even before his appointment as Chief of Detroit Police.
Steele was arrested in 2008 for physically attacking and using a firearm against his former girlfriend during a heated argument. Nonetheless, Steele remained with the force after taking a misdemeanor plea. "It would have been a different outcome if I had been chief," Officer Craig added.
Steele has been stripped of his corporal ranking following the Snapchat post and the investigation continues.