A Detroit-area police officer has confessed to making at least one video showing an African-American man being commanded to sing and make animal noises, the Huffington Post reports.
The police officer in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., was reportedly taken off duty and is “expected to face discipline next week,” the Post says, citing Motor City Muckraker, the blog that first published videos and a photo reportedly made by police officers in the upscale suburb of Detroit.
One of the men depicted in the videos, Michael Scipio, appeared at a protest last week at the Public Safety headquarters in Grosse Pointe Park and said he was unaware that police had filmed him, the Huffington Post reports. City officials began looking into the matter after videos and photos appeared online.
“An officer has stepped forward to take responsibility for the video and for interacting with Mr. Scipio in that fashion,” the Huffington Post reports. Grosse Pointe Park spokesman Greg Bowens told the Detroit Free Press that the officer has been removed from patrol duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.
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