A police officer in a Detroit suburb has been suspended after he reportdely told a mentally ill black man to sing and dance while he recorded the videos.
The Grosse Pointe Park police officer has admitted making several videos that sparked public outrage and accusations of racist abuse, according to the Motor City Muckraker, the news blog that first posted the footage. The police department launched an investigation into the demeaning videos reportedly recorded by a Grosse Pointe Park police officer.
“We all feel deeply, deeply sorry for the video we saw on the Website,” Grosse Pointe spokesman Greg Bowens told the Detroit Free Press. “This is not a true reflection of the people of the city of Grosse Pointe Park. People are working very hard to hold the ones responsible for that video accountable.”
Michael Scipio, 55, of Detroit, acknowledged he was the man in the videos. Scipio knew the cop was recording the various songs only to make fun of him.
A middle-aged black man sings and makes strange noises, apparently at the direction of a police officer, The grainy footage shows Scipio singing and making strange noises. In the background you can hear someone saying, “Go ahead, do your song”.
Although the suspended cop wasn’t named, Muckracker had previously identified him as Officer Michael Njam.