Metropark police officer placed on paid leave after alleged discriminatory remarks

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, July 8, 2019

A Huron-Clinton Metropark police officer is under investigation after allegations that he made discriminatory remarks to an Arab-American family from Illinois.

A video circulated online has sparked an investigation of the officer, and some are calling for him to resign.

The video shows an exchange between a group of people and the Metropark officer at Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township on July 1.

The video doesn’t show what initiated the exchange, but the officer is accused of telling the family to “go back to where they came from.”

The video has caught the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Commission in Washington, according to reports.

The officer is suspended with pay at this time.

According to the Metropark Police website, the mission of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Police Department is to provide safe and secure facilities and recreational opportunities for the citizens we serve.

The members of the department are dedicated to providing the highest level of police service to our visitors and staff and are guided by the philosophies of outstanding customer service and community policing,” the website says.

Check back for updates to this story as they become available.


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