Two Suspended Prince George’s County Police Indicted by Grand Jury

February 17, 2017

Two Prince George’s County Police officers were indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, February 16, 2017. The officers are charged in separate incidents.

Corporal George Merkel faces charges of misconduct in office and second degree assault. The allegation involves conduct in September of 2016 while the officer was on duty. The Internal Affairs Division launched an investigation after learning of the incident where he’s accused of striking a citizen. His police powers were suspended in October of 2016.

Corporal William Diaz faces charges including misconduct in office and obstructing and hindering a police investigation. The allegation involves conduct in February and March of 2016 while the officer was on duty. His police powers were suspended in April of 2016.

The Prince George’s County Police Department brought both of these cases to the State’s Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges.

Chief Hank Stawinski issued this statement following today’s indictments:
“I am proud of the culture of accountability within the Department. I respect the courage of the officers who took responsibility for bringing these issues to the attention of the Department. Timely reporting allowed our investigators to gather and examine evidence. Delay in reporting prevents proper accountability because evidence is lost, recollections fade, and ultimately justice may be denied,” said Chief Stawinski.

Merkel joined the department in 2003 and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. Diaz joined in 2008 and was assigned to the Bureau of Investigation.

 

3 Responses to Two Suspended Prince George’s County Police Indicted by Grand Jury

  1. Ms. Justice bb on February 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    How in the world are PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE going to correct the criminals? When they are criminals their selves.GLAD THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. More cops need to come forward to expose & eliminate the bad cops.There are great cops on every force.

    • Ron Steele on February 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      You sound like a holster sniffer!

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      “When they are criminals their selves.” Should be “themselves” and stop generalizing. PG has almost 2000 police officers and these two represent a very small fraction. Your statement is no better than those who call all blacks criminals or thugs. And for the record, the police do not correct criminals. They arrest them and then it’s up to the courts and corrections to “correct” them.

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