Civil rights group calls for sweeping reforms after allegations surface of widespread discrimination within Prince Georges’ County Police Department
(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/23/21) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned a reported pattern of racism and misconduct by Prince Georges County Police Officers in Maryland detailed in a report released yesterday and is joining the Prince Georges County Peoples’ Coalition and other civil rights and advocacy groups in calling for sweeping reforms.
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The Graham Report, named after Los Angeles assistant sheriff Michael Graham – who was hired by the plaintiffs in a 2018 lawsuit filed by members of the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association and the United Black Police Officers Association – was compiled after a comprehensive review of the police department’s demographic and internal affairs data from 2013 to 2019.
After remaining heavily redacted for several months at the county’s request, it was finally unsealed yesterday after a strong push by community members and advocacy organizations and was revealed to contain the names of dozens of officers and department heads who either engaged in racist, discriminatory misconduct, or allowed it to go unpunished.
In some cases, these same officers were also responsible for evaluating whether use of force against mainly Black and Hispanic civilians was excessive.
The nearly 100-page report documents a widespread pattern of abuse and racism permeating the county’s police department.
CAIR is joining the Prince George’s County Peoples’ Coalition and other groups to make five demands:
- Community-led selection of a new PGCPD police chief and installation of all new administrative officers,
- County-level accountability for efforts to prohibit disclosure of the full details of the Graham expert witness report from the public and for spending millions of taxpayer dollars to defend police misconduct,
- Empowerment of the Prince George’s Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel to impose discipline, whereby members of the Panel will be nominated through a community-based process,
- Termination and prosecution of officers who have engaged in racially-motivated misconduct or who have committed perjury,
- Increased transparency and accountability of trial board hearings of officer misconduct made available to the public in real time.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, email@example.com