UPDATE: Investigation into Use of Force to Go to State’s Attorney

Update, 7:30 a.m. Friday: The Montgomery County Police will discuss the use of force in an Aspen Hill arrest with the State’s Attorney, after cellphone video showed an officer kneeing a prostrate man.

“There may be criminal charges out of this,” said Capt. Thomas Jordan, a police spokesman, on Friday morning.

In the video, posted on Twitter, the N word and other verbal epithets can be heard.

“Our preliminary review does not seem to support [the officer] using the N-word,” Jordan said. However, police will review the arrest from the body cam footage of the officer, he said.

Another cellphone video, published on Twitter by ABC7’s Kevin Lewis, shows about a minute and a half of the young man’s interaction with police inside a McDonalds. Note: Some viewers may find the contents of the video disturbing.

Original Post: A disturbing video has been posted to Twitter showing a Montgomery County police officer making an arrest, slamming an already prostrate young man onto a concrete sidewalk.

A tweet from police said the department was investigating the incident. In the recording, the officer uses the N-word and F-bombs profusely. The arrest was recorded on a cellphone camera.

Police said, via Twitter, the arrest took place in Aspen Hill and the officers have been identified. The tweet says police are investigating the incident.

“The Montgomery County Department of Police takes any complaints or  evidence  of excessive force seriously.  An investigation into this matter has been opened and will be investigated thoroughly.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available,” the police tweeted.

Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando posted: “It’s hard to imagine what circumstances would prompt the officer to use that level of force with a suspect who is already on the ground and restrained. I’ve spoken to Chief Jones, and the department has already opened an internal investigation.”

The video is contained in the following tweet. Note, some readers might find the contents of the video and the tweet offensive.

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One Response to “UPDATE: Investigation into Use of Force to Go to State’s Attorney”

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    On July 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm responded with... #

    Moco has always been doing this. The only thing. Is this time it has been flimed and not taken away or charged the person and taken the evidence to be destroyed.

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