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P.G. officers suspension over YouTube video upheld

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Ben Giles

The two Prince George's County police officers featured in a racially-charged YouTube video will remain suspended without pay and were placed on administrative duty following an administrative hearing Wednesday.

The officers, both patrolmen from District 5, appeared in a spoof video about "driving while black." The two black officers are shown pulling over a black driver while dressed in their police uniforms and driving a Prince George's County police cruiser.

One officer is a 10-year veteran of the department. The other has spent three years with Prince George's County police.

The video was taken down from YouTube on Friday after it came to the attention of Police Chief Mark Magaw, who said he was offended by its "demeaning language, racial slurs, and crude stereotypes."

The video has since resurfaced on the website by an account named "AngryBlkManDC."

Further administrative hearings may result in the officers' firing, Magaw said.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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