An Arkansas police officer was fired from his job after he told a group of Black men that they shouldn’t be in his city, CNN reports.
England Police Officer Mike Moore was caught on video that was uploaded on Facebook by Demarcus Bunch, one of the men Moore confronted, saying “you don’t belong in my city.”
Bunch told CNN that he and his friends met up in England on July 21 to shoot a rap video when they noticed that they were being followed throughout the small town by officer Moore.
In the video, one of the men approach Moore to introduce themselves and ask him why he was following them when Moore says “You know why?” Adding “Because you don’t belong in my city.”
“But you understand, I know who my people are, right? Who belongs here and who doesn’t?” says Moore. “We’ve got gang wars going on, we’ve got all kinds of stuff. I come from the big city where this stuff is small, okay? So, that’s cool. Do your thing.”
Bunch tells him that he and his friends are from the area and that his uncle is an officer for the England PD.
“Can I say something? OK … I have never seen you here before, and I know almost everybody here,” Moore says in the video.
“The reason I walked up (to him) recording is I could kind of feel — I had a gut feeling — that there was going to be a bad vibe from the way he followed us everywhere we went,” Bunch told CNN.
England Chief of Police Danna Powell confirmed to CNN that Moore was fired on Wednesday.
Bunch believes that Moore’s comment about gang activity was him placing a stereotype on the group of men.
“That’s stereotyping. It’s probably based on the vehicles we were in, maybe how we were dressed,” he said.
Check out Bunch’s video below.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.