An Arkansas police officer has been fired after a video of him confronting a group of black men went viral. Demarcus Bunch was shooting a music video in the small town of England when he noticed a police officer was watching them. Bunch, who has an uncle on the England police force, approached the officer to see what the issue was.
“I was wondering, ‘Why is he doing this,'” Bunch told THV11. “We’re in small England. Everybody knows everybody.”
The officer identified himself as Michael Moore, and Bunch's cousin Shannon Scribner explained to him that they were just in the area shooting a music video. They asked Moore why he was following them and he replied: “You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city.”
After the two explained they were from the town, Moore told them, "I know who my people are, right, who belongs here and who doesn't."
After some back and forth, Moore left the men alone, but they were not happy with what transpired. Bunch spoke to his uncle, who suggested he report the incident to England's chief of police.
After failing to hear back from the town's police department for over two weeks, Bunch shared the video of the encounter on Facebook and it quickly went viral. The next day, the department announced that Moore had been fired.
While Bunch is happy that Moore was no longer with the force, he is angry that nothing happened until after he made the video publicly available.
"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.