A police officer was fired after telling a group of black people that they did not belong, in England, Arkansas, on July 21.
One the black men present, Demarcus Bunch, filmed Officer Mike Moore’s comments and posted the video on Facebook.
In the video, Bunch asks Moore: “We just noticed you’ve been following us around everywhere.”
You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city.
Bunch tells Moore that they are originally from the small town of 3,000.
Moore proceeds to lecture Bunch:
But you understand, I know who my people are, right, who belongs here, who doesn’t? 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… Can I say something? OK, you don’t — I have never seen you here before, and I know almost everybody here.
Bunch tells Moore the address that he grew up, and Moore replies:
Well good for you. My name is Mike Moore, okay? I’m not from here.
Bunch told CNN that he and his group noticed Moore following them when they were filming a video:
The reason I walked up (to him) recording is I could kind of feel — I had a gut feeling — that there was going to be a bad vibe from the way he followed us everywhere we went.
If you look at the news every other day it’s racial profiling, stereotyping and senseless killings for young black men. And had I not been recording and he didn’t have his camera, who’s to say what would have happened.
Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley told KHTV that Moore was fired from his position at the sheriff’s office prior to his employment at the England Police Department, where he was also fired:
It is not a race issue, it is a personality issue. He was terminated from Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office because he couldn’t get along with other officers and other agencies.