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Prince George's Officer Accused of Stopping Drivers, Demanding Cash



    Prince George's Officer Indicted on Extortion, Misconduct

    Two drivers told police the officer demanded money from them during routine traffic stops. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019)

    A Prince George's County police officer is accused of forgiving traffic tickets in exchange for cash. 

    A grand jury indicted an officer Tuesday on charges of extortion and misconduct. 

    Cpl. Radames Gonzalez demanded money from people he pulled over during traffic stops in October 2018, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a statement.

    “What we believe is that Officer Gonzalez abused his power and authority by extorting money from individuals who were picked up on routine traffic stops,” Braveboy said.

    Officials did not say how much Gonzalez allegedly demanded. The two traffic stops happened Oct. 8 and Oct. 17, 2018 in Temple Hills.

    Prince George's County police chief launched an internal investigation into Gonzalez when a resident came forward.

    Gonzalez has been with the police department for 13 years. He was suspended in November 2018 after a resident came forward saying Gonzalez demanded money during a traffic stop.

    The officer faces 11 charges including extortion, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. 

    Gonzalez’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 11. He faces up to 13 years in prison if convicted.

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