An officer has been suspended from the Prince George’s County Police Department after allegations that the officer demanded cash in exchange for leniency during a traffic stop.
Two separate incidents were reported Friday in which a uniformed on-duty officer asked for money and did not issue traffic citations after being given money, according to the police chief.
“I find this extraordinarily disturbing. … If proved true, this is quite simply a crime,” Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said in a news conference Saturday.
The case will be reviewed by the Office of the State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County.
Stawinski issued an appeal for people to call 301-772-4795 if they are aware of such behavior or have been subjected to similar treatment. He said he would release more details when the investigation is complete.