Second Detroit police officer involved in racist Snapchat post fired

Posted at 5:19 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 17:15:23-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A second Detroit police officer who was involved in a racist Snapchat post has also been fired.

The officer, Michael Garrison, allegedly showed no remorse and showed a pattern of behavior that violated policy.

On Feb. 27, Detroit officer Gary Steele was fired for his involvement in the post.

Steele was fired after a racist Snapchat post was first exposed by 7 Action News.

In the video, a woman – identified as Ariel Moore – is seen walking home after her car was impounded for expired tags. The video goes on to make several derogatory and racist jokes, but there are two voices in the video.

One of the voices was identified as Steele, who has since been fired, but the second officer has been identified as Michael Garrison. The officer was on paid leave since the incident.

After DPD launched an investigation, police chief James Craig said 55 people were interviewed and 11 allegations were made against Garrison. Garrison was accused of making racially insensitive comments and providing false statements during an internal affairs investigation.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released this statement:

"I have been speaking regularly with Chief Craig about the very troubling issues being uncovered among some officers within the 6th precinct. He has taken the right action so far with Officers Steele and Garrison for their abuse treatment of Ariel Moore. I fully support his continued investigation into the deeper issues within that precinct. This type of disrespectful treatment toward our citizens is unacceptable and clearly the chief is addressing it with a sense of urgency it requires."