Police in a Detroit suburb are pledging to improve relations with people with disabilities after videos were made of a black man singing and chanting.
Grosse Pointe Park says it signed a non-binding agreement Wednesday with help from the U.S. Justice Department and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The city says it will develop a training program to improve cultural awareness and customer service, regardless of someone's race or disability.
Five officers in November were suspended for videos of Detroit resident Michael Scipio. Grosse Pointe Park says one officer recorded the videos while others viewed them and didn't notify bosses. The videos landed on the website of Motor City Muckraker.
“There were actions taken by some of my officers that I’m not proud of,” said Police Chief David Hiller. “It needed to be dealt with. It has been dealt with.”
Mayor Palmer Heenan says the small city next to Detroit is committed to high standards of public service.
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