Off-Duty Cop Claims He Was Brutalized By Police Because He Was Black, Media Misreports Race…

Off Duty D.C. Officer brutalized

Off-Duty Cop Claims He Was Brutalized By Police Because He Was Black, Media Misreports Race Of Involved Officer

Temple Hills, Maryland – An off-duty officer in civilian clothes claims that he was brutalized by a Prince George County Police Officer because he was black.

On Tuesday, a man shot another man in the Prince George County Mall parking garage. The description of the suspect was released to Prince George County Police officers as a black male wearing a hoodie and blue jeans. Within minutes after the shooting, one Prince George County sergeant was looking for the suspect a few blocks away from the mall when he spotted a black male wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.

The sergeant approached the suspect, who later turned out not to be the shooter, and started asking questions. The sergeant began patting the suspect down and felt a gun. At that point, the sergeant was dealing with a suspect who matched the description of somebody who just shot another man, and the suspect was armed, so the sergeant took the suspect to the ground. It appears by the sergeant’s reaction, the suspect never told the Prince George sergeant that he was armed, which should have been the first thing out of his mouth.

It turns out that the suspect was an off-duty D.C. police officer. The D.C. officer’s name is Robert Parker and he’s assigned to Harbor Patrol as a diver. Prince George’s County Police say that the sergeant’s audio of the incident shows that Officer Parker didn’t identify himself as an officer or say that he was armed.

Officer Parker decided to go to the media with his story of policy brutality on a black man. He says that if he was white this never would have happened.

The Washington Post reported:

Asked whether he thought the stop was handled the way it was because he was black, Parker said: “I never want to be the person to say that. But unfortunately, that’s what it was. . . . I thought, if I were in another neighborhood, if I were someone else, if the lookout was for a white guy in a hoodie and I was white, I don’t think I would have been approached like that. I think I would have been given a lot more courtesy.”

The Washington Post had initially reported that the sergeant to who took down Officer Robert Parker was white, and a multitude of news sites cited that information in their own reports. It turns out that the sergeant who took down Officer Parker was actually black. The Washington Post has now issued a correction, but many news sites are still misreporting the race of the sergeant.

Did the 20 year veteran of the Prince George County Police Department want to close the reactionary gap and make sure the shooting suspect who perfectly matched the description didn’t have a weapon on him? Yes. Was Officer Parker “brutalized”? No.

The Prince George’s County Police released this statement:

“Based on our preliminary investigation and preliminary review of an audio recording of the encounter in question, we believe our officer acted professionally and with restraint. This encounter took place within several minutes of the shooting being reported at the mall and approximately three blocks from the scene. Our officer who was responding to the shooting, which had just prompted the lock-down of two nearby schools – spotted a man walking who matched the description. Our officer, a sergeant assigned to our district 4 station, got out of his cruiser and began an investigatory stop. During a pat down, our officer discovered the man had a gun on his waistband. At that point, our officer took the man to the ground during a brief struggle. Our preliminary investigation reveals that it was only after the man was restrained by the original officer and backup officers did he identify himself as a police officer.”

We can only speculate why Officer Robert Parker failed to identify himself. Maybe he wanted to see first-hand how officers would interact with a plain-clothes black man. This event highlights one of the most important things about being contacted by law enforcement, you don’t know what information they are going off of. Had Officer Parker known that he matched the description of an armed killer, it’s likely he would have handled the situation differently. Instead, Officer Parker may have just been acting on his own knowledge that he hadn’t done anything wrong.

It’s understandable to Officer Parker to be upset about the situation, we can even understand a lawsuit. However, after having the circumstances explained to him, why is he going on TV and to the newspapers and accusing another black officer of being racist? It looks like Officer Parker’s lawyer is trying to pressure Prince George County into a payday. The scary thing is, if the involved sergeant had been white, how many people would have seen through the claim of racism?

Why do you think that black officers are often accused of racism? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

  • Jim Beam

    Parker is an absolute idiot. If you are an off duty officer in street clothes and carrying, in almost any situation when you come into direct contact with an on duty police officer, and by direct contact I mean that you and he are communicating, one of the very first things you should do is identify yourself and tell the officer that you carrying. And you should especially tell the officer who you are and that you are carrying BEFORE he does a pat down. And being taken to the ground under these circumstances is NOT being brutalized and he should know that. It appears Parker had an agenda, and it was personal and had nothing to do with the greater good and safety of the public or other police officers. His actions took away the sergeant and others from their job of looking for the actual suspect, which allowed the threat to remain. I hope Parker can find a trusting partner to work with when he goes back to his harbor patrol duty. I will end this as I started, Parker is an absolute idiot.

    Commenting on the media and it’s handling of this story is useless, as is the media has no concern for facts.

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Your last sentence says it all.

  • FourOne6Side

    BECAUSE THERE IS TWO TYPES OF BLACK OFFICERS
    (1) SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY WANTED TO BE A COP AND PROTECT AND SERVE HIS COUNTRY
    (2) I HATE BLACK PEOPLE I HATE MY SELF UNCLE TOM—-KANT BEAT EM JOIN EM MENTALITY AND TAKE OUT FRUSTRATION ON COPS

    GROWING I THOUGHT COPS WERE COOL AS FUCK UNTIL I ENCOUNTERED ONE AT THE AGE OF 18

    OFFICER VIOLATED ME ASK ME WHY IM HERE WHERE DO I LIVE…..complied
    SHOWING ME PICTURES ASK WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE (visiting my aunt BBQ went to get smokes)
    i didnt know COP GOT ANGRY BECAUSE I DIDNT KNOW THE PERSON
    -HE SAYS UR BLACK YOU ALL KNOW EACH OTHER IM NOT STUPID
    -GOES THROUGH MY SHIT THROWS IT ON THE FLOOR AND TAKE OFF

    UNCLE TOM COP…..KINGS OF THE GHETTOS

    JUST KNOW JUST BECAUSE YOUR COP AND TAKING DOWN YOUR PEOPLE DOESN’T MEAN WHITE PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT YOU.

    • Kristen Loomis

      Please, tell me more. Where did you do your research? How many black officers did you interview? What was the location? We’re there any of them who were on the fence? I mean really, this is fascinating.

      • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

        Flag and Block the TROLL!!!

        • Kristen Loomis

          Not yet! I have questions!

          • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

            I bet I could answer in advance…..LOL!!!!!

          • Kristen Loomis

            Lol that I have no doubt of

    • ML

      Come on man!
      (1) Why such a stupid comment?
      (2) Stop with the N word!!
      Inappropriate by anyone of any color!

  • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    I have absolutely no idea why Parker did not identify himself as a LEO and carrying a firearm, but he did not and I leave it at that. As for the sergeant, he did actually what was needed to protect the community, the suspect and himself. BRAVO!!!

  • qthush

    This off duty cop, was completely in the wrong, the minute that Sgt got out of his car he should have put his hands in the air, said officer I have a badge and a weapon, I’ve Done it many times when I was approached, in the Detroit area, it’s a quick look at the ID, and it conversation after that. SO screw this guy he should be brought up on policy violations

  • Kristen Loomis

    It would be nice to get access to the audio, but it’s not going to make much of a difference. If the events occurred exactly how they were laid out in the article then there was no brutality. It was a logical move for the officer to make contact with Parker to ascertain his identity and if he had any involvement in the shooting.

    Parker’s decision to both not properly identify himself as a LEO and declare his firearm is purely his decision. It sounds like he decided to struggle a bit with the cuffs, according to the article. He was treated like a suspect who was armed that needed to be dealt with as a priority, there was no brutality. I think Parker might need a few definitions.

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      One of Parker’s definitions may be “terminated” police officer when this is all over.

      • Kristen Loomis

        I normally wouldn’t want to see anyone lose their job if it could be helped, but Officer Parker seems to have adopted a mindset that would be counterproductive to having proper judgement on the job. He has a responsibility to uphold the law equally and I just don’t have faith that he’ll do it.

  • waterblues

    At least 82% of the population of Prince George’s County is black, and Temple Hills is one of the absolute worst crime areas in the county (there are 7) not to mention situated right next to one of the highest car theft areas in the countRY. So his argument is invalid because blacks in that county think its “their county” and they regularly target whites.

  • Hey cutie, want a cigar?

    Because Obama’s rhetoric has caused a huge divided in our country and vilified our brave men and women of the police force. The liberal media is also at fault for pushing it’s agenda instead of reporting the facts.

  • Ken Andrews

    ANY officer ( even retired) will tell an on duty officer who they are and if they are armed if stopped for a mere encounter or more. End of story. Too many officers are getting shot to take any chances. YAPD. 1986-2011. Retired but HR 118 certified.

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Absolutely and every officer will tell you the same. It just makes no sense.

  • tim

    Off duty officer..WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.!!!

  • David Bill

    The officer in plain clothes needs to get his common sense aptitude checked. He probably shouldn’t be on the force. Just an observation.

  • Tacticalterry

    In the academy I went to they explain that the off duty yields to the authority of the on duty. U tell him let him disarm u if he so desires and you don’t struggle with him if he feels ur gun and freaks out. He should be fired by his department for this crap. Id love to meet his coworkers and see what they have to say about him