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Grosse Pointe Park says police will be more sensitive

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Grosse Pointe Park officials during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Grosse Pointe Park officials during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -- Police in Grosse Pointe Park are pledging to improve relations with people with disabilities after videos were made of a black man singing and chanting.

Grosse Pointe Park says it signed a non-binding agreement Wednesday with help from the U.S. Justice Department and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The city says it will develop a training program to improve cultural awareness and customer service, regardless of someone's race or disability.

Five officers in November were suspended for videos of Detroit resident Michael Scipio. Grosse Pointe Park says one officer recorded the videos while others viewed them and didn't notify bosses. The videos landed on the website of Motor City Muckraker.

"We made a mistake, we're going to learn from it and move forward," said Chief David Hiller.

The department of 36 consists of only one woman and no minorities. All officers have undergone cultural sensitivity training the last few months. Hiller says he has seen a "great amount of change."

Mayor Palmer Heenan says the small city next to Detroit is committed to high standards of public service.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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