PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A video making the rounds on social media showing a Philadelphia police officer harassing a Black man, calling him “boy” and “homie,” has prompted outrage and an investigation. Police officials say the officer shown in the video has been placed on administrative duty as an investigation unfolds.
“This investigation is active and ongoing with Internal Affairs. The officer is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. Any discipline will be contingent upon the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation. Since this is an active investigation, we will not comment any further,” Philadelphia police officials said in a statement.
The six-plus minute video posted on YouTube by a group called Lackluster shows the incident play out. Lackluster identifies the man recording as Gabriel and the officer as “Officer Hoover.”
The video appears to show Gabriel walking home and being followed by Officer Hoover. The officer shines a flashlight in Gabriel’s face and says, “Look at me and my homie,” as Gabriel records the interaction.
“I’m not your homie,” Gabriel responds. “I don’t want to get shot, I’m Black.”
“Shut your mouth, boy. You don’t live down here,” the officer is later seen saying as the confrontation continues.
“Can you please call the sergeant?” Gabriel repeatedly asks as the officer continues to follow him.
The two continue to walk down the road and trade insults. Gabriel tells the officer he is walking to a family member’s house where he will call an Uber home. The video ends with Gabriel being placed under arrest. Lackluster says he was cited for disorderly conduct and possessing a small amount of marijuana.
The video has gone viral on social media and has many calling for Officer Hoover’s firing. PPD addressed the video in a tweet Tuesday.
We understand the video circulating has caused anger and disappointment. All PPD officers are expected to discharge their duties with honor and integrity. The officer involved has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) October 5, 2021
“We understand the video circulating has caused anger and disappointment. All PPD officers are expected to discharge their duties with honor and integrity,” the tweet reads.
KYW-TV has reached out to the Fraternal Order of Police for a response to the video, but they declined to comment.