“On the evening of April 9, 2021 the Moline Police Department became aware of a shocking viral video circulating on social media,” Moline Police Chief Darren Gault said in a statement.
“The video depicted a disturbing racist scene involving a Moline High School football player in a locker room.”
Chief Gault says detectives have identified “all athletes who were involved in the incident and the circumstances surrounding the video” — and confirmed they are “fellow high school football teammates.”
Cops note the players involved “are also individuals of both different and similar races to the victim.”
“The students directly involved in the video are all friends.”
“Regardless of these facts, we all agree that this is a disgusting way to treat a fellow teammate, a fellow human and most certainly a friend.”
The MPD says the investigation is complete and the case has been submitted to the State’s Attorney for review.
The Moline-Cole Valley School District has also been looped in. District officials slammed the “vile behavior depicted in the video” — insisting it “does not represent our core values and has no place in our learning community.”
The District also vowed to take “decisive action” following an internal investigation.