Prince George's County Police Chief Displays Hypocrisy in Response to Youtube Video

Two Prince George’s County police officers were suspended last week for producing a Youtube video described by the department’s police chief as “offensive” because it depicted “crude stereotypes” about race.

But if anything, the video is a humorous and accurate portrayal of police behavior in the United States, especially that very department.

And that is probably the real reason they were suspended.

The video was produced by two black police officers and includes a black actor posing as a motorist pulled over because of his race.

It also includes another black actor posing as a citizen attempting to video record the traffic stop.

That man ends up getting tased.

There is also another part where one of the cops grabs the driver by the shirt and orders him to “stop resisting,” even though he is not resisting, as we’ve seen done so many times in the past.

In fact, ordering citizens to stop resisting as they are being arrested appears to be part of their training as a way to get citizens to succumb to arrest.

But that routine protocol also allows officers to charge citizens with resisting arrest charges when they are not even resisting.

According to, Chief Mark Magaw stated the following about the video:

“The profane and racially insensitive video that included two Prince George’s Police officers was circulating on the internet. I watched it and was disgusted by what I saw,” Chief Mark Magaw said. “It was orchestrated to be put on YouTube and I believe it was a spoof on driving while black, but like I said before there’s nothing funny about this video and it goes against the values of this community and this police department.”

Magaw is a hypocrite considering the multiple times the department has been exposed for corruption, excessive force and racial profiling.

After almost three decades with the Prince George’s County Police Department, Mark Magaw became chief in July 2011.


It was only last month when a Prince George’s County officer was convicted of second-degree assault for beating a University of Maryland student in 2010.

The student, John McKenna, was initially charged with assaulting the officers, a felony that could have sent him to prison, but that charge was dropped when a video emerged that showed police surrounded him and beat him viciously.

Upon viewing the video and reading about the ensuing coverup, it is infuriating that only one cop was convicted out of the whole debacle.

Then there was the 2009 incident in which a Prince George’s County cop pulled a black man over, dragged him out of his car and punched him twice before tackling him to the ground.

Officer Steven Jackson claimed the 24-year-old citizen had attacked but a dash cam video proved otherwise.

This is from my own 2009 article on the incident:

After watching the tape, prosecutors dropped all charges against Leake, including assault on a police officer, reckless conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

Jackson obviously doesn’t think about the consequences of his overly aggressive actions because three months after this incident, he shot and killed an unarmed man for carrying an open container of beer.

In that incident, Jackson claimed that he “feared for his life” – which has become such a cliche in these unjust killings.

But three witnesses, including Espina’s son, say he was not resisting when he was beaten and shot. An autopsy revealed that Espina suffered blunt force injuries to his face and arms.

But those are just a couple of incidents I’ve covered on PINAC.

My Fox DC covered an incident earlier this year in which two white off-duty Prince George’s County cops threatened to kill and kidnap a black teen to “teach him a lesson.”

Then there was the incident last month when two white Prince George’s County cops assaulted a black Washington D.C. cop outside a bar, stopping only when he managed to pull out his badge.

And then there was the incident earlier this year when a Prince George’s County cop struck a teen with his gun, causing it to fire, then lying about what happened, only to be exposed when a video emerged.

D.L. Chandler, a black journalist and son of a Washington D.C. cop who became a U.S. Secret Service official, wrote the following about the Prince George’s County Police Department earlier this year:

Ask any Black person native to the D.C. area about Prince George’s (PG) cops, and you will see a collective tension come over their faces. The PG cops were notorious for targeting Black boys and men in my neighborhood, often beating us senseless and daring us to say something to a higher-up.

The ongoing abuse and corruption within the department is so rampant that Wikipedia dedicated half of its page to them in its entry on the police department.

So it leaves one wondering how many times has Chief Magaw called a press conference where he was flanked by several of his commanding officers to claim he was “disgusted” by a pair of officers who did not break the law or abuse citizens.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • Frank Ney

    The biggest part of this story is that PGPD actually has two African-american officers.

    • Carlos_Miller

      Probably not for long

  • Phillip D Breske
  • Difdi

    My guess is that upon discovering two of his officers were not brainless jack-booted thugs, the Chief felt he had to take corrective action at once. Because that sort of thing is just not tolerated in his department. Plainly the two are not suited to be police officers. They have senses of humor, after all.

  • sfmc98

    Their most prominent fuck up was the planting of drugs outside Mayor Cheye Calvo’s house, storming in, shooting his dogs and holding him and his mother-in-law at gun point, then later refusing to apologize.

  • Richard Lord

    Sorry, I may agree with the message, If these officers were making a unauthorized video for St Judes
    cancer Children, it would still be a private video using public uniforms
    and a publicly owned police car. It violates policy in most police

    IF they did not know they would be disciplined, then it show a severe lack of Judgment.

    If they did know there would be consequences then it shows a high regard for justice

    One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells
    him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in
    order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is
    in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Jude I⚡caяiot

    I’m really surprised that they didn’t get in trouble for the use of the car or uniforms if anything.

  • Ron

    It was funny when the driver changed clothes and put on the nerdy glasses, but the rest of the stop could have been any other stop anywhere.