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Detroit Police Chief Apologizes For Officer’s ‘Racially Insensitive’ Snapchat Video

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 15:35:11-05

DETROIT, Mi. (WDIV) –  The actions of a police officer with a troubled past have Detroit police Chief James Craig apologizing.

It all centers around a Snapchat post the officer made shortly after pulling over a young woman.

Craig is blasting the video and said he called the woman in the video and her mother personally to try to make things right.

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Ariel Moore’s Pontiac is now out of the city impound after a Detroit police officer pulled her over this week.

“I gave him a valid driver’s license and my registration,” Moore said.

Her plates were expired and she didn’t have insurance, so Detroit police said Officer Gary Steele and his partner decided to tow her vehicle.

Moore walked home, and officer Steele recorded her leaving and made comments that many deem offensive.

Craig said body camera footage shows the woman was offered a ride home but refused and walked a block in the cold and dark.

“Walk of shame in the cold. Bye, Felicia,” the officer said in the video.

The video was posted with the caption, “What black girl magic looks like.” The video also read, “Black History Month.”

“Why was any of that even called for? You could have taken my car like you wanted to and went on about your day,” Moore said.

Craig launched an internal investigation immediately and paid to get Moore’s vehicle out of the tow lot.

In 2008, Steele took a misdemeanor plea and received probation after being arrested for physically attacking his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun to scare her.