A Detroit police officer was reassigned pending an investigation after seizing a black woman’s car and Snapchatting her walk home in the cold.
After 18 year Detroit police veteran Gary Steele pulled over 23-year-old Ariel Moore for having an expired registration, he informed Moore that her car would have to be impounded and offered her a ride home.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is calling what Steele did next however “racially insensitive” and “problematic.”
After Moore declined the offer of a ride home Steele and his partner, who is also under investigation, followed her home in their police cruiser.
Local and national news covered what happened.
Steele began recording Moore in a Snapchat video where he used the pre-made app stickers “what black girl magic looks like,” and “celebrating Black History Month.”
In the video Steele can also be heard saying “priceless” and “bye Felicia” as he follows behind Moore.
The video which was posted Tuesday sparked an internal investigation that Chief Craig says could cost Steele his job.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig says they have reassigned a DPD officer following racially-charged comments posted on his Snapchat during a traffic stop on the city’s west side. @detroitnews pic.twitter.com/wULFXqr4zs
— Sarah Rahal (@SarahRahal_) January 31, 2019
“I’m not going to tell you I’m troubled,” Craig told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
“I’m going to tell you I’m angry. I’m angry because this was a racially insensitive post. This is not what we expect of Detroit police officers.”
Moore and her mother Monique Mobley were just as disturbed when WXYZ showed them the video.
“I’ve never had this happen to me in my life,” Moore said.
“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,” Mobley added.
“They’re demeaning my child for no reason.”
Those reacting on Social media were also disturbed and outraged by Steele’s actions.
In what possible world would his comments be funny in view of the circumstances?
— Pam Lanzotti (@pam_lanzotti) February 2, 2019
What about he partner? They both a terrible, just Steele documented it
— EK (@Essiemaeboo) February 2, 2019