Prince George's County Police Chief's Statement on Allegations of Criminal, Racism Behavior in Department

Monday, Apr 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:23 PM EDT
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Racism, Favoritism Complaints in Prince George's PD

Prince George's County Police

Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw

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Pr. George's Administrator Reacts to Allegations of Criminal, Racial Behavior in Police Dept.

Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins got reaction from one of the county's top administrators about anonymous allegations of criminal and racist behavior in the police department. Click here to read Chief Mark Magaw's statement. WARNING: Some may find images in this story disturbing.

Racism, Favoritism Complaints in Prince George's PD

A Prince George's County police officer sent an anonymous letter to state and county officials complaining of racism and playing favorites in the department. WARNING: Some may find images in this story disturbing. Click here to read Chief Mark Magaw's statement.
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The Prince George’s County Police Department is disappointed we have to dignify an anonymous letter filled with so much misinformation.  I welcome the opportunity to meet personally with the author and present him with facts.  As the letter stands, it includes a loose assembly of speculation, exaggerations, and outright misinformation.  The author undoubtedly is aware of the due processes afforded to Maryland’s police officers under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.  Without exception, our agency adheres to state and county personnel laws.  The public disclosure of disciplinary actions is prohibited.  Nonetheless, my administration’s internal disciplinary record is fair and consistent.  I hold my police officers accountable.  I’ve hired an independent Inspector General with a Department of Justice background to ensure our words are matched by our actions.  My commitment to serve our community includes a promise to lead its police department with a firm and steady hand.  I remain dedicated to that promise, and to the hard working men and women of the PGPD.        
 
-Chief Mark Magaw, Prince George’s County Police Department

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