Statement by Acting Chief Marcus Jones Regarding White Oak Incident; Additional Body-Worn Camera Footage Released

The following is a release of the statement to be provided by Acting Chief Marcus Jones at today’s press conference regarding the White Oak incident.

 

“There has been a great deal of interest by the public and from our elected officials about an incident that took place on May 9, 2019 at the McDonald’s restaurant at 11146 New Hampshire Avenue in White Oak.

In the interest of transparency, today we are releasing 205 minutes of video taken with body-worn cameras by our officers at the scene.

This is a release of all the body-worn camera footage available.  One of our officers, Sergeant McDannell, did not turn on his camera immediately as is required but did turn it on as the incident progressed.

I also want to emphasize that you will hear on this tape language from our officers that is decidedly unprofessional.  It violates our Department policy, it is not acceptable to me and it is not acceptable to our community.

Before getting into the details of the incident, I want to make it clear that I cannot discuss, or take questions, on any details of our internal investigation as it still in progress.

I would like to set out a broader context for the events of May 9 than has been available previously.

Our officers are very familiar with the White Oak area and with the McDonald’s restaurant specifically.  The beat involved here is one of our busiest in terms of calls for service.

Within that beat, this McDonald’s restaurant is one of the establishments that most frequently generates calls for service.  In 2018, there were 192 calls for service, with 57 of those dealing with trespassing.  Through June 15 of this year, there have been 53 calls for service, with 21 of those for trespassing.

The manager of the restaurant not only encourages his employees to call the police when there are issues, he also requested that we take action when officers view a situation that might be disruptive to the business or which we believe might be of a criminal nature.

We work with the McDonald’s to make certain there is a safe environment for customers and employees.  In this instance, our officer approached the four individuals involved outside of the restaurant and asked them to move along.

The reporting and social media postings at the time reflected the view that we unfairly and perhaps illegally accosted and searched young men who had been customers of the restaurant and were waiting to be picked up to be taken to work.

The evidence from our investigation presents a different view.

This is not what some people call a random “stop and frisk” action.  It began with the officer approaching the four men in the video and asking them to move along.

At that point, and what was not apparent on the social media video of the incident, was that our officers detected the odor of marijuana on at least two of the individuals.

This was probable cause for arrest, and the reason why the individuals and a backpack were searched.

We have also determined through security camera video that none of the men were customers of the restaurant.  None had ordered, consumed or picked up food or drinks inside the restaurant.

This was not an incident of racial profiling.  Our officers are trained in Constitutional policing while in the Training Academy and after they graduate.  We exceed the State standards in this area.  We do not tolerate racial profiling and it was not in evidence here.

At the end of the day, all of the men were issued trespass notices and two were issued Maryland Civil Citations for marijuana possession.  You will see on the video that at least one of the men was familiar with this process.

For the record, the store manager has asked that the trespass notices given to the four men not be rescinded, as some others have requested.

Thank you for your attention.  The video will be posted online for your viewing shortly after we conclude here.

And again, I want to apologize for the language of our officers that you will hear in the video.  I am disappointed with it, and I want to be clear it does not meet our standards.”

The body-worn camera footage related to this incident can be accessed and viewed at the following links:

Sergeant M. McDannell

Officer T. Fox

Officer M. Washington (part 1):

Officer M. Washington (part 2)

Officer K. Harrington

Officer J. Mirra (part 1)

Officer J. Mirra (part 2)

Officer J. Dodson 

Officer F. Ronald (part 1)

Officer F. Ronald (part 2)

Officer D. Olsen

Lieutenant E. Bunting

 

The policies of the Montgomery County Department of Police can be found at the following link:

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/resource/policies.html

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CTJ

2018 National Night Out Events

The 2018 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, August 7. This marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out events. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts, and to enhance police and community relations. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another, build community spirit, and demonstrate a community’s commitment to keep their neighborhood free from crime.

The following communities have provided their respective itinerary of events to the Montgomery County Police Department as of July 27, 2018:

First District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Montgomery County Recreation Department Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd.; 7 to 9 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. David Scull Community Center/Park at 1201 First St.; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. West End community, 500 block of Anderson Ave.; 6 to 10 p.m.
  3. Americana Centre Condominiums, 118 Monroe St.; 6 p.m. (no specified end time)
  4. Quince Orchard Knolls community, Quince Orchard Knolls Park, 11900 Quince Mill Dr., North Potomac; 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Second District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Kensington Park Senior Living, 3620 Littledale Rd., Kensington; 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  2. Kensington Fire Station 5, 10620 Connecticut Ave..; 6 to 8 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills/Rock Creek communities, held at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd.: approx. 6 to 8 p.m.

Third District:

Open to the Public:

  1. East County Regional Services Center at 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd.; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Forest Estates at General Getty Park, 10000 Woodland Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  2. South Four Corners at South Four Corners Park (near the playground), 900 Forest Glen Rd.; 7 to 8 p.m.
  3. McKenney Hills / Carroll Knolls communities at Flora M. Singer Elementary School, 2600 Hayden Dr.; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  4. Hillandale community 1 at West Hillandale Swim Club at 915 Schindler Dr.; 5 to 7 p.m.
  5. Hillandale community 2 at 10116 Green Forest Dr.., 5 to 7 p.m.
  6. Fairland Estates community at 13613 Colefair Rd.; 4 to 6 p.m.
  7. Spring Gardens community at community room 8007 Eastern Ave.; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  8. Eton Road community, 9132 Eton Rd.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  9. Timberwood community, 9048 Saffron Ln.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  10. Oakview community at Roscoe Nix Elementary School, 1100 Corliss St.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  11. Clifton Park community at Montgomery Knolls Elementary School at 807 Daleview Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  12. Oak Hill community, 11497 Columbia Pike; 4 to 6 p.m.

Fourth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Olney Community at the Fair Hill Plaza shopping center, 18169 Town Center Dr. in the area of the Harris Teeter parking lot; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. Bel Pre community at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Northwood-Four Corners community, 11105 Foxglove Lane; 7 to 9 p.m. (in coordination with the 3rd District)
  2. Popular Run community, 13500 Stargazer Ln.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Manor Lake Civic Association Ice Cream Social, 15101 Bauer Dr.;7 to 9 p.m.

Fifth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Clarksburg Outlets, 22705 Clarksburg Rd. at the central gathering spot in the Lower Court; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. Milestone Target, 20908 Frederick Rd.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Plum Gar Community Recreation Center and Park, 19561 Scenery Dr.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Events: 

  1. Hamptons community near community pool. 19757 Crystal Rock Dr.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Sixth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Upper County Community Recreation Center at 8201 Emory Grove Rd.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Community Events: 

  1. Saybrooke community at the community pool, 702 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  2. Flower Hill community at 8100 Mountain Laurel Ln.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Montgomery Village community, Dr. Gordon W. Bowie Music Pavilion, 10120 Apple Ridge Rd.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  4. Summit Crest community at the clubhouse at 38 N. Summit Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  5. Brighton Village community on the playground at 347-357 West Side Drive; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  6. Gaither House community at community pool at 501 S. Frederick Ave.; 5 to 7 p.m.
  7. Bennington Community at grassy area at Oak Shade & E. Darby Ct.; 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Additional National Night Out events in the County have been coordinated with other area police departments serving Montgomery County.

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lehb

Media Advisory: Chief Manger and Cold Case Detectives Announce Person of Interest in Disappearance of Alison Thresher

WHAT:

Press Conference to announce that detectives have developed a person of interest in the May 2000 disappearance of 45-year-old Bethesda resident Alison Thresher.  In February 2001, the Department announced that the missing person case was being investigated as a homicide and it continues to be investigated as such today.

WHEN:

TODAY – Thursday , April 12 at noon

Members of the media are asked to arrive early enough (but no earlier than 11:00 a.m.) to allow time for the security check-in process and escort to the lower level.  Please have a valid driver’s license ready to present to security.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE:

Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger
Cold Case detective(s)

NOTE: No further details of this case will be confirmed prior to the press conference.

RLI

Media Advisory: Chief Manger and Major Crimes Division Detectives Announce Arrests for the June 5 Double Homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov

WHAT:

Press Conference to announce the arrests of the persons developed as responsible for the double homicide of the two Northwest High School students, 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5 in Montgomery Village.

WHEN:

Tonight, Saturday, June 17 at 10:30
No further details of these arrests can be confirmed prior to the press conference.

Members of the Media are asked to arrive early enough to allow time for the security check-in process and escort to lower level.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

SPEAKERS:

Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger
Director of the Major Crimes Division Captain Darren Francke

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lehb

Media Advisory: Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Investigation of Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision

WHAT

  • Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit Detectives will hold a press conference to provide an update on the August 4 fatal, hit-and-run pedestrian collision that occurred on Layhill Road.  New information that will be released will include a description of what detectives believe to be the striking vehicle with accompanying video and photographs of the suspected vehicle.  Investigators will urge anyone with information to come forward to police.
  • The victim’s family members will speak to the media.

WHEN

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

Near the collision site – 14430 Layhill Road (Shopping center at the intersection of Layhill Road and Bel Pre Road).