Prince George’s County Police Officers Suspended Over “Racially Insensitive” Video Spoof

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    News4's Jackie Bensen reports on the video that led to the officers' suspension. (Published Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012)

    Prince George's County police suspended two officers who allegedly created a video depicting racially stereotypical actions and posted it on the Internet.

    A duty status hearing for the two officers will be conducted next week, Chief Mark Magaw said Friday evening. He called the video “racially insensitive,” News4’s Jackie Bensen reported.

    The “driving while black” spoof video depicts a traffic stop and includes a Prince George’s County police cruiser and two black officers in uniform who use crude stereotypes and profanity. The two are shown interacting with a black driver, who appears to be an actor or comedian.

    Fraternal Order of Police President Vince Canales told Bensen the video does not reflect the attitude of Prince George’s County police officers.

    The video was initially removed from YouTube, but has since resurfaced. It can be viewed here (Contains strong language. Viewer discretion advised.)