Photo via PGPD

Photo via PGPD

PGPD Officer Suspended After Being Accused of Demanding Cash During Traffic Stops

November 12, 2018

A Prince George's County police officer has been suspended after two citizens alleged that the officer demanded payment to overlook driving infractions during two separate traffic stops.

One resident accused the officer of demanding money during a traffic stop to overlook a citation.

Chief Stawinski immediately launched an internal affairs investigation after the first citizen came forward.

 In the early hours of the investigation, a second citizen came forward who alleged the same officer also demanded payment for leniency during a similar traffic stop.

The officer was suspended on Friday night.

“It is very early in this investigation, but I wanted to assure our community that immediate action was taken and a thorough investigation is underway. I take these allegations very seriously. Maintaining the public trust is the highest priority.  As soon as the investigation develops more information, I will provide additional facts to our community,” said Chief Stawinski.

Investigators urge anyone who had a similar encounter to all the Internal Affairs Division at 301-772-4795.

The officer has yet to be identified. 

The case will be reviewed by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

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