Black female leaders support 23-year-old at center of Detroit officer's troubling Snapchat
DETROIT (FOX 2) - Two Detroit police officers have been suspended after an innapropriate post was made to Snapchat. A group of female legislators are now calling for further action.
The social media post in question happened after a traffic stop on Jan. 28 on Stout street near Joy road on Detroit's west side.
Cpl. Gary Steele pulled over a young woman named Ariel Moore for an expired plate, and eventually asked her to get out of the vehicle because he was going to tow it.
Police say Moore was then forced to walk back to her home, which was a block away, in subzero temperatures. Steele, who is white, then posted a Snapchat of the woman walking with the caption, "What black girl magic looks like" and, "celebrating Black History Month."
An internal investigation was launched and the two officers involved have been suspended. The other officer has not been named.
On Friday, a group of female black legislators gathered at Focus Hope in Detroit to rally around Moore.
"We need to stand united, and today is about a movement that says, 'We're not going to accept this disrespect and discrimination anymore,'" Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo said.
These lawmakers say they were also upset that the officer mocked black women on the post.
"When you talk about Black Girl Magic, if you don't know our history - and this is Black History Month - then you don't know our magic. You don't know how we have persevered, how we have achieved even amidst a struggle." said Gay-Dagnogo.
Moore, 23, didn't speak at the gathering but the lawmakers and community activists who came out to support her say they're not just calling for the removal of Steele, but much more.
"What we're calling for goes beyond just Steele. We're looking at our police force and our law enforcement and saying, let's have a review and assessment of how someone with that past - 6 felony counts in 2008 - is on our force," said Gay-Dagnogo.
Detroit police chief James Craig addressed Steele's history at a press conference.
“His history is troubling,” said Chief Craig. “I think after reviewing his history there’s a pattern and I am concerned about that pattern.”
Gay-Dagnogo said she and other officials will be watching closely what actions happen next.