An Arkansas police department said they fired an officer on Wednesday after he was captured in a viral video telling a group of black men they “don’t belong in my city.”
England, Ark., resident Demarcus Bunch on Tuesday shared footage of the July 21 incident to his Facebook page. The video, which has since picked up traction on social media, shows Bunch and his cousin, Shannon Scribner, being approached by Officer Mike Moore.
Bunch told a local CBS affiliate the two were filming a part of a music video when Moore, who is white, slowed down and parked near them in his patrol vehicle until their crew collected their items and headed to their final shooting location.
“I was wondering, ‘Why is he doing this?'” Bunch told the outlet. “We’re in small England. Everybody knows everybody.”
Bunch said the officer followed them to the next shooting location “again just to see what we were doing.”
“That's when my cousin and I said, 'Let's go let him know who we are and what we are doing,'” Bunch said.
In footage captured of the incident, Bunch and Scribner can be seen approaching the officer, who exited his patrol car.
"I'm Mike Moore,” the officer said to the two men.
"We are Dale Scribner's nephews,” Bunch said in reference to his uncle, who is also a police officer.
"We are here just trying to record a video," Scribner said.
"OK, and?" Moore said in response.
“We just noticed you’ve been following us everywhere.” Bunch replied.
“Are you recording right now?” Moore asked Bunch, to which he answered: “Yeah, we are.”
“You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city,” Moore said.
"We're from here,” Bunch said.
"But you understand, I know who my people are, right, who belongs here and 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, OK? So, that's cool. Do your thing,” Moore continued.
Bunch and his cousin continued to exchange words with Moore before he said he was “about to get [his] dog out.”
Moore allegedly stayed in the area for several more minutes and took his dog out of his patrol vehicle before heading off.
Fifteen days after filing their inital complaint over the incident to Police Chief Danna Powell, Bunch shared the video of the incident to Facebook after saying he never received a response from the England Police Department.
"We wanted to give the chief the opportunity to perform her investigation,” Scribner said. “So we held the video close to our chest and waited for her to provide a response.”
The department later said in a release obtained by the station that Moore was terminated from the police force on Wednesday.
But the two men said they still believe Powell should be held accountable for allowing the officer to continue to work with the force after the incident.
"Personally, I feel like the chief should be held accountable as well for allowing him to even continue to work as long as he's worked after showing of the video,” Bunch said.