CBS Chicago, Aug. 26, 2015
The Chicago Police Department has launched an investigation of a white police officer who was caught on video telling two black males “Mike Brown deserved it.”
In the 41-second video posted on YouTube, two white officers appear to be talking to two young African American men about allegations of racial profiling.
“It’s all black people that live here, so I got no choice but to f***ing pull over black people,” the officer standing on the street said. “You don’t like it? Move. … Sit around and bitch, I don’t give a f***.”
The office clearly knows one of the men is recording the confrontation on video.
“If you think a camera’s going to make a difference to me in what the f*** I say, think again,” he said.
One of the young men tells the officers they don’t trust police, and don’t know what the officers might do to them – including possibly shooting them.
“We don’t trust y’all. You heard about Mike Brown, though,” the man recording the confrontation said.
“Mike Brown deserved it. He got what he had coming to him,” the officer responded as he walks toward the squad car.
[Police spokesman Anthony] Gugliemi denounced the views expressed by the officer in the video.
“CPD prides itself on fostering productive relationships with communities to help make Chicago safer. The comments in this video are troubling and do not represent the views of this department,” he said in an email.
Chicago Police officers told CBS 2 off camera the mounting criticism has emboldened criminal suspects.
“Everybody wants a confrontation,” a veteran black officer told us. “It’s almost a game to challenge police to see how far you can go. If it goes too far, it’s like the ghetto lottery – ‘I’m going to sue.’”