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Largely unredacted report on discrimination within Prince George's County PD released

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A federal judge ruled earlier this month that a mostly unredacted report on allegations of racism within the Prince George's County Police Department be unsealed. Today, that report was released to the public. (You can read it in full HERE.)

"The Graham Report details how PGPD failed to respond appropriately to racist or discriminatory conduct, including for the use of racial epithets and offensive imagery," according to an American Civil Liberties Union release.

The analysis was compiled by Michael E. Graham, a former senior officer with the LA County Sheriff’s Office and a nationally-recognized police practices expert. It was first published in August 2020.

Graham was hired by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, all of whom represented the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Officers in a lawsuit against the county.

The suit, first filed in December 2018, claims the county's former police chief, Henry Stawinski, allowed racism to "thrive" in his department since his appointment in 2016. Stawinski resigned in June, just an hour before the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP planned a no-confidence vote. Assistant Chief of Police Hector Velez was named the interim police chief shortly thereafter.

The Graham Report details instances in which officers allegedly posted racial slurs on their social media pages, used racist language to describe colleagues and civilians, called for the return of "public hangings" and a lack of discipline for officers accused of excessive use of force against minorities.

Prince George's county also hired an outside expert who conducted a report. The county says the expert's findings refute the Graham report.

“The Manger Report repeatedly points out instances where Mr. Graham failed to review or consider essential documents, misstates key facts and dates, takes statements and events out of context, relies solely on the allegations of some disgruntled and discredited officers—some of whom were terminated for significant misconduct, misidentifies officers, and bases his opinions on unfounded assumptions," said Prince George's County Attorney, Rhonda Weaver in a statement today.

Weaver says their report shows the county operates under national standards of best policies and practices and they are hoping they will be granted permission in the weeks ahead to release their complete report, without redactions so the public can equally compare the two.  You can view the Prince George's County Manager Report below.


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