Mike Moore is the Arkansas policeman who reportedly told a group of African American men, “You don’t belong in my city.” One of the men, Demarcus Bunch, filmed the encounter with Moore when it happened back on July 21. Bunch posted it to his Facebook account on Tuesday, August 7. You can watch the video clip here.
All this took place in England, Arkansas, a small town about 30 miles from Little Rock. On Wednesday, August 8, the police chief of England announced that Officer Moore had been fired.
Here’s what you need to know about Officer Mike Moore:
Moore Followed Bunch and His Friends Because, He Said, He Had Never Seen Them Before
As the video opens, DeMarcus Bunch and his friends are walking over to talk to Officer Moore. They introduce themselves and shake his hand. Then Bunch says, “We just noticed you’ve been following us everywhere.”
Moore doesn’t deny that he’s been following them. He says, “You know why? Because you don’t belong in my city.”
The young men seem taken aback and Bunch says, “How? We’re from here.”
“But you understand I know who my people are right?” says Moore. “Who belongs and who doesn’t. We got gang wars going on, and all kinds of stuff. And I come from the big city, where this stuff’s small.”
“You said we don’t belong in your city, though?” asks Bunch.
Moore replies, “You dont. I have never seen you before, and I know almost everybody here.” Bunch protests that he grew up in England and graduated from England High School.
“Well, good for you,” says Moore. “My name is Mike Moore. And I’m not from here.”
2. Last Year, Moore Was Also Fired From the Lonoke Police Department For His ‘Bad Attitude’
Moore held jobs in at least four police departments before coming to England, Arkansas. He started out his law enforcement career at the age of 44, in Greenville, South Carolina. By all indications, Moore did well in Greenville. He was named Rookie of the Year by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. He eventually rose to become a lieutenant in charge of 20 community service officers in Greenville.
Moore also worked for 10 months in the Simpsonville, South Carolina police department.
For reasons that are unclear, Moore left South Carolina 10 months later and moved to Arkansas. He got a job in the Lonoke County police department. But Moore was fired from that job in 2017 because of his “bad attitude.” There aren’t any details available about what that “bad attitude” was like.
The England Police Department fired Moore just hours after the video of him and Bunch appeared on the local news.
3. A Former Cop Filed a Separate Complaint Against Officer Moore After Moore Pulled Him Over
Bunch and his friends aren’t the first to complain about Officer Moore. Rizelle Aaron, a former England police officer and NAACP member, filed an official complaint with the England police department after being pulled over by Moore. Aaron, a …read more