An Arkansas cop, who told a group of Black men “You don’t belong in my city,” has just been fired. The encounter between the African-American men and the officer occurred on July 21, but the video was posted on social Media on Tuesday. The officer in question is England Police Officer Mike Moore who was captured live on video by the young men.
Reports by CNN have it that, “Bunch, 28, said he and a group of his friends met up in England — a small city about 30 miles southeast of Little Rock — to shoot a rap video in the neighborhood where he grew up. He said the officer watched them as they got together and then followed as they drove through town. Bunch has an uncle who also is an England Police officer, so he said he and his cousin flagged Moore down so they could introduce themselves.”
After stopping the officer, Bunch says he had a very bad feeling about him so he decided to record his encounter with him. He told CNN that immediately after getting out of their vehicle, he decided to record everything as they went to introduce themselves to the officer. He said, “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.”
In the video Moore shakes the hands of the two young men, then introduces himself to them saying, “I’m Mike Moore.”
In an effort to may be calm the officer down, Bunch references his uncle who is also an England officer in their introduction, to him, “We are Dale Scribner’s nephews… We are here just trying to record a video.”
The conversation in the video continues with Moore seemingly unimpressed by the relation that Bunch has.
“OK, and?” Moore responds.
Bunch the points out that, “We just noticed you’ve been following us everywhere.”
Moore then boldly asks them whether they were recoding him, and after they confirmed, he said, “Are you recording right now?
“You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city,” Moore replies.
“We’re from here,” Bunch replies.
“But you understand, I know who my people are, right? Who belongs here and who doesn’t?” Moore says. “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.”
“You said we don’t belong in your city, though?” Bunch asks.
“Can I say something? OK … I have never seen you here before, and I know almost everybody here,” Moore says.
Bunch then decided to point to his address and explained to the officer that he attended England High School. The irony is, that after this the Officer goes like, “Well good for you, my name is Mike Moore, OK. I’m not from here.”
Bunch later filed a complaint against the officer and showed the footage to his uncle and family. But after filing the complaint days went by without any action being taken and the officer continued to serve. This was until Tuesday when Bunch decided to post the video on Facebook. The officer was fired the following day.