An internal investigation has begun into alleged racial profiling by at least 6 Derby Police officers based on a grainy cell phone video.

According to WTNH-TV, it all began after the Derby/Shelton fireworks on July 3 when a 16-year-old was hanging out with his friends many of whom were African-American who claimed they were harassed by police officers.

The video shows officers telling the teens they couldn't congregate on a public sidewalk. When one of the teens asked an officer, "What's your badge number," The officer replied, "I don't have to tell you."

Some of the teens claimed the officers were using inappropriate language and when they called the officers on it, the officers responded with, "I can say whatever I want." The alleged incident has now gotten the attention of the Ansonia Valley Branch of the NAACP. Derby Police Chief Jerry Narowski issued a statement saying:

Officers are public servants and their names are public records, so they identify themselves when asked. Our department will conduct a full internal investigation including interviews with all of the officers, material witnesses, and evaluation of whatever physical evidence we have.

 

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