Prince George’s police officer indicted in assault on teen

A Prince George’s County police corporal has been indicted on charges of assault and misconduct in office in connection with the alleged attack on a 13-year-old boy during a chase last summer.

Police Chief Mark A. Magaw announced Friday that Rickie Adey, a 10-year veteran of the force, was indicted on a charge of assaulting the teenager late on the night of Aug. 4 as police pursued a group of people after a report of gunshots.

Police said the assault happened when Adey tried to stop one of the people running from the scene, in the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights.

The teenager admitted that he was attempting to elude police by scaling a six-foot-high fence, police said in a statement. “Adey pulled the teen from the fence and assaulted him,” the statement said.

“As [Adey] tried to stop this individual, a struggle ensued and there was a use of force,” Magaw said at a news conference, where the indictment was announced.

“Hands, feet, that type of thing,” he said. “His gun was displayed at one point.” The boy suffered minor injuries, the police statement said.

Both the teen and Adey testified before a grand jury, Magaw said, and “looking at all that evidence, [the grand jury] came up with this decision, which obviously we respect.”

He said Adey, who “risked his life three or four days ago” at a fire, was suspended and is on “no duty” status.

Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.
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