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Police investigate texts, videos


November 21, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park — The public safety department has launched an internal investigation after videos surfaced that allegedly show Grosse Pointe Park officers demeaning black males, some of whom were seated in the back of scout cars.

At least one of the videos shows what appears to be a mentally ill individual being told to "dance like a chimp."

The videos were first posted last week on the Motor City Muckraker website. At first, Park public safety officials denied any personnel were involved. Later, the department released the following statement saying they would investigate.

"On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department was contacted by an individual who said that he was in possession of video clips and a photo of African American males. The video clips and photo are allegedly made by an officer of this department. The department has begun an internal investigation of this matter.

"The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department does not tolerate unprofessional conduct by its officers when interacting with any citizen they may come in contact with."

The investigation was launched after the owner of the website, Steve Neavling, said he had about a dozen videos he had confirmed came from cellphones used by Park public safety officers. Neavling said the videos had been forwarded from the phones to friends and family members of the officers.

Park public safety Director David Hiller declined comment on the investigation.

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