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Prince George’s officer charged with assault for striking suspect with cruiser

A Prince George’s County police officer was charged Thursday with second-degree assault and misconduct in office for allegedly striking a suspect with his cruiser during a pursuit in June.

Officer Juan Hernandez was responding to a call for an armed person on June 13 and pursued the suspect, according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. Hernandez followed the suspect into an open field and allegedly struck him. The cruiser’s camera recorded footage of the pursuit.

The suspect was unarmed and did not require medical attention. The county police brought the incident to county prosecutors to review as a part of their internal investigation.

Hernandez will be issued a summons to appear in court.

“We believe that Officer Hernandez’s actions were unwarranted given the circumstances of the incident and with this indictment, the Grand Jury says they believe his actions were criminal,” State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement. “While it is never a good day when we have to prosecute one of our own, it is important that those we serve understand that we will hold law enforcement accountable when their actions go above and beyond what is necessary.”


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