VIDEO: Prince George’s County Police Officer Found Guilty Of Second Degree Assault

May 19, 2017

Today, a Prince George’s County jury found Officer Juan Hernandez guilty of striking a 22-year-old man with his police cruiser during a call for a fight and armed suspect.

Officer Hernandez was found guilty of 2nd Degree Assault, but found not guilty of Misconduct in Office.

“The conduct at issue today was immediately reported by Officer Hernandez’s supervisor and he was immediately suspended on the day of this incident. The process that began with our internal investigation in 2016 today resulted in a conviction of second-degree assault. As the internal investigation proceeded, our department’s investigators were immediately concerned that the conduct was criminal in nature. At that point, the case was turned over to the States Attorney’s Office who subsequently charged Officer Hernandez. I expect video of this incident to cause concern in the minds of the public just as it caused concern in my mind and those of our investigators. As always, the public can rely on me to provide the facts to them once I have them as a means to assure the public that their officers consistently conduct themselves in a manner that the community supports. Where individuals fall short of our collective expectations, I will act to protect the public and to preserve your trust in the department,” said Chief Hank Stawinski.

On June 13, 2016, we received a call for an armed person and fight in the 800 block of Fairview Avenue. Once on scene, an officer witnessed three men arguing. One man indicated the other two threatened to shoot him. As the officer was checking for weapons and patting down the individuals, one ran away. Our investigation revealed as Officer Hernandez pulled up to the scene, he saw the man running and was advised by a fellow officer to pursue the man. During the pursuit, Hernandez struck the man with his cruiser. The man ran a short distance further but was apprehended and taken into custody. At that time, he indicated he was not injured and refused medical treatment.

Officer Hernandez has been employed by the PGPD for 11 years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.

Now that criminal proceedings are over, the department’s administrative process can move forward.


12 Responses to VIDEO: Prince George’s County Police Officer Found Guilty Of Second Degree Assault

  1. Cant fault the cop on May 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Maybe its just me, but that video was hilarious. LMFAO. The cops should be allowed to use any means necessary. Why are they allowed to use their vehicle to perform a PIT maneuver in a car chase if they cant use their vehicle to hit the idiot running from the cops? Lets say the guy was on a bike, and the cop pulled in front of him and the dude on the bike hit the cop car and tumbled over the hood? Would that also be assault? He was uninjured, refused medical treatment, and got up to continue running (and was apprehended shortly after). Now I agree it should be frowned upon for the officer to use his car in this manner, but the easy solution is don’t run from the cops. Why doesn’t the video show the idiot getting up and continuing to run? Oh that’s right, because it looks worse if the video cuts off after he is surfing the officer’s hood…

    • TNalesnik on May 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Got him! Wasn’t that the goal?

  2. Anonymous on May 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    What’s the problem here? A man runs from a group of police officers and is slowed down and apprehended. The car is a safer means of apprehension for the officer in this instance. Why are we worried about the safety of someone running from police officers during a weapons check and not the safety of the officers themselves?

    • Anonymous on May 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Who the heck cares about what’s safer for the officer? If that’s your biggest concern, why not allow police to summarily execute suspects right on the spot? Far safer. You wouldn’t even need handcuffs.

      Like it or not, this guy is innocent until proven guilty. I can’t fathom that you would endorse police committing attempted murder just because “it’s safer for the hero cop”.


      • Ted Nugent on May 21, 2017 at 7:32 am

        “Who the heck cares about what’s safer for the officer?” How about every law abiding citizen! I could care less what happens to that turd. This is the problem in America right now. We want to blame everyone else for our criminals instead of blaming the criminal himself. The cops aren’t the problem. Sick of this liberal BS.

  3. John on May 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    No big deal in my view. These idiots had probably been told a dozen times to stop. I’d bet he stops next time. Put a mark in the officers record and tell him to be kinder and gentler next time.

  4. Anonymous on May 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    A cop being held accountable for his crimes? It’s like seeing a unicorn!

  5. 13eeker on May 20, 2017 at 6:50 am

    The Chief wants “…to assure the public that THEIR officers consistently conduct themselves in a manner THAT THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS. Where individuals fall short of our COLLECTIVE EXPECTATIONS, I will act….” Wow. When did policing become a popularity contest? C’mon Man.

  6. Anonymous on May 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    No wonder crime rates are climbing. Cops aren’t doing their jobs anymore for fear of prosecution.

  7. GetBack on May 22, 2017 at 11:22 am

    This is BS Juan!
    Come down and work in Calvert where we appreciate tactful thinking.
    Thank you for doing your job. If you had discharged your weapon, THEN colors would be named etc. and it would go viral. But your solution was fair and reasonable, despite the snowflakes you work for.

  8. Marooda on May 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Maybe if the fat ass cop would stay in good physical shape he would be able to chase him down on foot! He was wrong and this has nothing to with what party you’re affiliated with, this right here is lack reasoning,common sense,and physical ability.

    • Matt on May 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

      I bet you’re one of the same BLM type losers