Grosse Pointe Park police required to undergo sensitivity training

Grosse Pointe Park police will soon undergo sensitivity training after an officer captured and circulated humiliating videos of a mentally ill black man singing and dancing.

The cell phone videos were circulated among officers, family and friends.
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The unnamed officer who captured the videos has been removed from patrol duty until city officials decide how to discipline him. It’s unclear whether the officers who circulated the videos will face punishment.

The Motor City Muckraker first exposed the videos earlier this month, prompting a protest and calls for the officers’ resignations. Grosse Pointe Park responded quickly and hired media relations expert Greg Bowens, who lives in the Park, to respond to the allegations.

“My friends, my neighbors and residents are all appalled by what has occurred,” Bowens said on Fox 2′s Let It Rip on Thursday. “This is not a true representation of who we are in Grosse Pointe Park. We are working very hard at getting to the bottom of it.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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