Statement Regarding Video on Social Media from Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Department of Police takes all allegations of racial discrimination seriously.  We are committed to serving all members of the community in a fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory manner at all times.  All allegations of misconduct surrounding inappropriate actions or language by our employees are investigated by our Internal Affairs Division, at times in concert with other governmental agencies within Montgomery County.

The matter brought to our attention today is disturbing and contrary to our department’s values and our overarching mission to fairly and impartially serve our community.  The statements observed on the social media video clip are contrary to our extensive training curriculum that include implicit bias training and other training programs to ensure fair, unbiased, and non-discriminatory policing in our community.

We sincerely regret the disturbing nature of this video.  We understand the pain such language causes the entire community.  Our commitment to having open and honest communication with the community and providing transparent police service persists. As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, we are releasing both the social media video and the body worn camera footage of the involved officer for all to view.

The referenced videos were captured during an interaction between officers and four individuals at the McDonalds located at 11146 New Hampshire Avenue, in Silver Spring, on today’s date at 10:36 a.m.  The officers were investigating trespassers at that location.

Instagram Video

Body Camera Footage

This incident remains under investigation and appropriate actions shall be taken in conformance with applicable laws and policy.

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CTJ