Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a press conference Wednesday announcing the termination of Corporal Gary Steele following a racially charged Snapchat post obtained by WXYZ-TV last month.
The department launched an internal investigation on Feb. 1, just two days after obtaining the video. Both Steele and his partner Michael Garrison, who can also be heard offering insensitive commentary during the video, were suspended with pay on Feb. 4. It was decided during yesterday's hearing that Steele, who served as a police officer for 18 years and most recently served Detroit's Sixth Precinct, would be terminated, though it was not specified if it would affect his pension.
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