Arkansas Cop Fired For Telling Black Men ‘You Don’t Belong In My City’
An Arkansas police officer has been given his walking papers after telling a group of Black men that they “don’t belong in his city” while they were shooting a music video, CNN reports. The incident, which happened July 21st, was caught on video and posted to Facebook by one of the men in the group, Demarcus Bunch, earlier this week.
Bunch told CNN that he noticed that officer Michael Moore had been following them as they drove through England, which is about 30 miles outside of Little Rock, AR. Since his uncle is also an England police officer, Bunch went up to Moore and introduced himself and told him about his uncle. After Bunch pointed out that he noticed Moore was following them, things turned ugly.
“You know why?” Moore replied. “Because you don’t belong in my city.”
After Bunch replied that they were form there, it didn’t change Moore’s demeanor.
“But you understand, I know who my people are, right? Who belongs here and who doesn’t?” Moore said. “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, who was recording the entire encounter, showed the video to his uncle, which led to a complaint being filed with the police chief. After not hearing any follow-up about his complaint, Bunch posted the video to Facebook. Moore was then fired the next day.
Moore was also fired from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department in May 2017 for having a “negative attitude.”
Watch the video of the encounter below.