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Officers suspended over ‘crude’ video

Two Prince George’s County police officers were suspended Friday after being in a video of a purported traffic stop that shows two African American officers using “crude stereotypes and profanity” in dealing with an African American motorist, the county police said.

The motorist appeared to be an actor, police said. Police Chief Mark Magaw called the video offensive to the community and the police and inconsistent with community values.

It may have been intended as satire or parody, he said, but “there was nothing funny about it.” Officials said that the officers’ police powers were suspended and that a hearing will be held next week. Police said the video had been posted on the Internet.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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