Grosse Pointe Park says police will be more sensitive - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Grosse Pointe Park says police will be more sensitive

Posted: Updated:
Grosse Pointe Park officials during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Grosse Pointe Park officials during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -- Police in Grosse Pointe Park 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.

"We made a mistake, we're going to learn from it and move forward," said Chief David Hiller.

The department of 36 consists of only one woman and no minorities. All officers have undergone cultural sensitivity training the last few months. Hiller says he has seen a "great amount of change."

Mayor Palmer Heenan says the small city next to Detroit is committed to high standards of public service.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
  • 3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:51:19 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices