Community holds rally after video shows police officer using racial slur

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The Montgomery County, Maryland community gathered Monday to march to the Silver Spring police station after a video showed a police officer using a racial slur.

Silver Spring resident, Danielle Blocker, leads a rally filled with community members and local organizations and walked down the road to the Montgomery County 3rd district police station.

“Enough is enough,” said Blocker. “This is unacceptable.”

The police station is home to the officers who responded to the McDonalds located on New Hampshire Avenue where four black men were allegedly trespassing. During the interaction, a white female officer was recorded using the n-word.

“This incident is just one in a series of events of daily occurrences that show us that our police are falling woefully short of their mission and their promise to protect and serve in our community,” said Del. Jheanelle Wilkins, (D) District 20.

Community members and state officials are calling for a change in the department.

“It dates back much further than last week or 2016…it dates back many decades,” said Montgomery County resident, Jay Jimenez.

Laura Wallace with Jews United for Justice said the young men in the video want an independent investigation of all of the officers involved, their citation against them be dropped, and to release all body camera worn from all officers who responded that day.

“They both are hoping for redress for the fact that their civil rights were violated in this particular case and they are also hoping for systemic change, so that they do not just get the justice that they deserve, but also all young men like them do not have to go through the same humiliating experience that they went through,” said Wallace.

After the video surfaced, the department released this statement: “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 includes implicit bias training and other training programs to ensure fair, unbiased, and non-discriminatory policing in our community.”

The Montgomery County Police Department said they are conducting an internal investigation.

They have not released the name of the officer who said the racial slur or other officers who are involved.

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