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White Officer Faces Backlash For Using ‘Racial Slur’ Allegedly Said By Suspects

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Montgomery County Police have launched an investigation after a video posted on social media caught one officer using a racial slur after responding to a 911 call in Silver Spring.

According to the man who took the video, he was with his two brothers and a colleague standing at a gas station waiting to be picked up to go to work.

A store employee called 911 to report that the group was loitering, and he stated that the responding officers harassed them and handcuffed them during the exchange.

One officer, who is white, is heard in the video using the N-word.

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The police department released the man’s footage, as well as bodycam footage on Thursday night. According to the police, the videos were taken at a McDonalds on 11146 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring at 10:36 a.m., and that the officers were investigating a trespassing report.

The department released the following statement following the incident:

"The Montgomery County Department of Police takes all allegations of racial discrimination seriously. We are committed to serving all members of the community in a fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory manner at all times. All allegations of misconduct surrounding inappropriate actions or language by our employees are investigated by our Internal Affairs Division, at times in concert with other governmental agencies within Montgomery County.

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“The matter brought to our attention today is disturbing and contrary to our department's values and our overarching mission to fairly and impartially serve our community. The statements observed on the social media video clip are contrary to our extensive training curriculum that include implicit bias training and other training programs to ensure fair, unbiased, and non-discriminatory policing in our community.

“We sincerely regret the disturbing nature of this video. We understand the pain such language causes the entire community. Our commitment to having open and honest communication with the community and providing transparent police service persists. As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, we are releasing both the social media video and the body worn camera footage of the involved officer for all to view."

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich also released a statement: “I watched a video of a Montgomery County police officer that circulated around social media earlier today. The officer's comments recorded on the video violate the standards which we expect our officers to uphold. There are no circumstances that justify what the officer said. Every time something like this happens it hurts the reputation of all officers; and it works against efforts to build trust in the community. I spoke with Acting Police Chief Russell Hamill earlier, and he recognizes the seriousness of this; and the department has started an investigation into this incident."

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The man who recorded the video says they were cited for trespassing.

The incident is still under investigation, according to the department.