Maryland Police Investigate Another Offensive Challenge Play – NBC4 Washington

Maryland State Police say they are investigating the circulation of an offensive challenge coin making its way through the ranks, News4 is the first to report.

It’s not the first time this has happened. This time, some African-American soldiers say this piece is for them.

It’s such an offensive challenge piece that we had to blur most of it for publication. It shows a drawing of female genitalia and reads “These —— can’t take a pounding” on one side and continues with more insults on the other side.

Some African-American soldiers say the play is in retaliation for their complaints about alleged racism and discrimination within the department. These complaints led the superintendent to testify before the Black Legislative Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly.

“They’re using the Maryland State brand to spread these things, so something has to be done, and it needs to be done now,” said Rodney Morris, former president of the Coalition of Maryland State Troopers.

Offensive challenge coins have already circulated among the Maryland State Police. There was the play Make Waldorf Great Again last year. The department said two officers had been found responsible and were subject to administrative action.

There was also a piece in the shape of male genitalia, in 2021. State police said a soldier was disciplined for it.

Allegations of inappropriate behavior sparked two investigations at the Maryland State Police barracks in La Plata. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

In the latter case, state police said they had been aware of the piece since January.

“An immediate investigation has been ordered to confirm any possibility that anyone from the Department may have been involved in the design, manufacture/purchase or sale of the parts. Since that time, we have been unable to identify the individual responsible for this violation of department policy,” the department said in a statement.

Morris said: “It’s not hard for them to find out. If they do the proper investigation, they should be able to find out who the perpetrator is.

Sonia Pruit, a Montgomery County police officer and former president of the National Black Police Association, said she was concerned about the message the play sends to female soldiers.

“These things never seem to stop, especially in policing where you would think that would be the last place you would expect to see this, from professional law enforcement officers. law enforcement,” she said.

Morris says the piece is a slap in the face after the superintendent’s promised changes.

“These things were supposed to be in the past, but we can see that today there is a climate where these things are routinely accepted,” he said.

The National Association of Women Law Enforcement also weighed in on the plays.

“The plays are offensive, and regardless of the target audience, the plays undermine women in general, not just in policing,” they said in a statement. “NAWLEE hopes the Maryland State Police will continue to investigate who is responsible for the production and distribution [of] room, and deal appropriately with offenders. »

The police department asked for help with their investigation and told anyone with information to contact Internal Affairs.

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