Video: Md. officers suspended over 'racially crude' YouTube clip
Chief says video was supposed to be spoof; nothing funny about it
By PoliceOne Staff
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md.— County police have suspended two officers after their "racially crude" video they made called “Driving while black” went viral.
Chief Mark Magaw said at a news conference Friday evening that a duty status hearing for the two officers will be conducted next week, according to the Washington Post.
The video, which was posted on YouTube at the start of the month, contains "crude stereotypes, racial slurs," and depicts two officers stopping a car driven by an African American male, Magaw said.
"It is supposed to be a spoof but there is nothing funny about it," he told reporters. "It depicts our officers, our community, in a terrible light and is just unacceptable. This video does not depict this police department."
Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told The Washington Times that while the video was insensitive to the fear some citizens have, the officers' appearance in the clip should not result in their termination.
“I would agree with a suspension rather than firing because they are young and immature,” Ross told the newspaper. “If they had done that without the uniforms and without the police car, it probably wouldn’t have been a big deal. It really was a good skit but when you have government employees doing it, it’s a different story.”