D.C. police are investigating an Aug. 8 incident in which two officers who were investigating the burglary of a house in Southeast Washington were captured on video from home security cameras joking that the resident might be gay because of name brand clothing found at the scene.
NBC4 News reported that the owner of the burglarized home, Clarence Williams, showed the TV news station his video security footage. The video footage, which included an audio recording, shows one of two officers who entered his house while he was out of town saying, “Armani, Dolce and Gabbana – he’s probably gay.”
According to NBC4 News, a few minutes after the officer made reference to Williams’ possible sexual orientation another officer started dancing, which Williams considered disrespectful in light of the home break-in that had just occurred.
A police spokesperson said Williams filed a complaint against the officers after he returned home, discovered his house had been ransacked, and viewed the video recordings.
“We are aware of the complaint that was filed against two Seventh District officers for their actions on the scene of a residential burglary in the 400 block of Woodcrest Drive, Southeast earlier this month,” police spokesperson Aquita Brown said in a statement.
“The officers were placed on non-contact status for misconduct following the initial complaint, however, our internal investigation remains ongoing at this time,” the statement says.
“Their behavior is not representative of the inclusive environment we work tirelessly to uphold on a daily basis for residents and visitors of D.C.,” Brown’s statement continues. “We remain committed to providing positive interactions with all and hold the trust of the community in high regards.”
Williams told NBC4 News the Aug. 8 burglary was the second time someone had robbed his home in less than a month.
The surveillance video played on the air by NBC4 shows an unidentified male suspect breaking open the rear door of Williams’ house by throwing a rock though a glass section of the door.
“Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked the entire house,” a police report of the burglary says. Williams told the TV news station a computer, clothes and shoes were taken from the house.
Williams didn’t respond to a request by the Washington Blade for comment.