The planned protest comes in the wake of a $3 million civil suit filed against the city and Laurel Police officer Pfc. Juan Diaz-Chavarria stemming from an Aug. 2 incident outside Laurel Station Bar & Grill, during which an officer was seen on a cell phone camera apparently striking a man in handcuffs.
The suit was filed three days after footage of the incident aired on a local news broadcast.
Ross said protesters are calling for Diaz-Chavarria to be placed on administrative leave while the Laurel Police's internal investigation, which was opened immediately by Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin, is concluded.
Ross said protesters are also calling for city officials to replace McLaughlin as chief.
Ross said the protest was planned at the chapter's regular scheduled meeting Thursday evening at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. Ross said the chapter, which normally meets in Landover, moved the meeting to Laurel because of the incident.
At the meeting, Ross said some of the more than 30 community members in attendance shared accounts of negative incidents with Laurel police.
Ross said he believes the early-August incident was not an isolated incident, and said that the group has helped members file two complaints in the last 20 months with the department.
Ross said the group plans to help file more complaints after a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The plaintiff in the case, D'Ante Williams, 27, of Cottage City, is seeking a total of $2 million in compensatory damages from both the defendants, and an additional $1 million in punitive damages from Diaz-Chavarria.
Williams is accusing the city and Diaz-Chavarria of violating civil rights, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Ross said the local chapter is not formally associated with Williams.
McLaughlin and city spokeswoman Carren Koubek declined to comment.
City solicitor Robert Manzi was not available for comment on Friday.