Detroit police officers are under fire after Steve Neavling, a former Detroit Free Press reporter who now works for Reuters, published a post on Thursday that accused police officers in Grosse Pointe Park of capturing “humiliating photos and videos” of black men and sharing them with friends and family. Neavling received the videos and photos from an anonymous source and posted them to his blog, Motorcity Muckraker. The two videos contained black men singing and making animal sounds, who were apparently forced to do so by Grosse Pointe Park police officers.
Neavling, who obtained the materials from an anonymous source, posted two videos that show African-American men singing and making animal sounds, allegedly compelled to do so by police officers in Grosse Pointe Park. Neavling claims to have several more of these videos, but will not release them at this time due to their “humiliating nature”. He also posted a photo with a caption from an officer that read “Got to love the coloreds.”
In a statement emailed to The Huffington Post, the Grosse Point Park Police Captain, David Loch said this:
On Thursday, November 14 2013, the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department was contacted by an individual who said that he was in possession of video clips and a photo of African American males. The video clips and photo are allegedly made by an officer of this department. The department has begun an internal investigation of this matter. The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department does not tolerate unprofessional conduct by its officers when interacting with any citizen they may come in contact with.
According to Motorcity Muckraker, multiple police officers were responsible for this irresponsible action, but have only released one name so far. Mike Najm allegedly took several of the photos and videos and it is possible that Najm’s ex-wife acquired the materials and put them in circulation.