TWO PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE OFFICERS INDICTED IN TWO SEPARATE CRIMINAL CASES
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – A Prince George’s County grand jury today indicted Prince Georges County Police Officer Bryant Strong, on charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office.
Prosecutors, as in this case, such as Prince George’s County States Attorney Alisha Braveboy only present a one-sided case to the Grand Jury with the intention of putting the stamp of approval from jurors from the community rather than make the tough decision themselves to learn if there was any criminal intent in the actions of the officer. Without criminal intent, there could not be criminal charges. Accidents are not a crime.
On October 12, 2019, Officer Strong encountered Demonte Ward-Blake during a traffic stop. During the encounter, Ward-Blake was removed from the vehicle and detained. At some point after conducting a search on Ward-Blake’s body, allegedly Officer Strong slammed him down on the ground while in handcuffs.
Blake allegedly tried to flee after being stopped for driving with expired tags. Cooperating with the officer would have resulted in him having the vehicle towed and ticketed. WTOP said that Baltimore Attorney Billy Murphy is representing Blake and asserts that the body slam resulted in a broken neck vertebra that left Blake paralyzed from the neck down.
A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT
Chief Hank Stawinski, who has since resigned, said that, so far, he believes no information suggests the officers involved intended to harm the man.
“Either from the internal investigation thus far, from independent witnesses that we’ve talked to, or from anything that’s been offered, whether that be testimony or video”, he said. “[I have] no information that leads me to believe that these acts were malicious.”
“I have no information that leads me to believe that this was anything other than a horrible, horrible accident.”
Demonte Lamar Blake (DOB 09/10/1995) of 6441 Hil-Mar Drive #203, Forestville, Md., was arrested on October 23, 2014, by Prince Georges County Police PFC Krauss and charged with drug paraphernalia possession, having more than ten grams of pot, and possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.
In Prince George’s County District Court on November 18, 2014 – clearly at the speed of lightning which might indicate that Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks had a keen interest in this case – the charge of drug dealing was dumped by Alsobrooks.
On May 28, 2015, the remaining charges were dumped by the prosecutor who had her eye on higher office. On October 16, 2014, a charge of possession of less than ten grams of pot by way of citation issued on Oct. 10, 2014, was also dumped by way of being placed on the Stet Docket – by Alsobrooks. On court records on this drug charge, Blake did not have the hyphenated last name, had no middle name but curiously, still had the same address and date of birth.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 said it did not believe that Strong should have been indicted for his actions.
“FOP Lodge 89 was shocked to learn that Ofc. Strong was indicted by a Prince George’s County Grand Jury,” the lodge said in a statement. “We are confident that the evidence will show that his actions were fully justified and within policy.”
Readers should be wary of prosecutors finding ways to dump on alleged acts of police officers in the current political climate – especially when miscreants can obtain publicity from clueless reporters without an ounce of talent or brains with false claims of injury at the hands of police.
Prosecutors still have the obligation to the public to root out officers who break the law, yet many prosecutors remain members of the politician class, which, especially in Prince Georges County are rotten to the core with corruption and many misuse their office for their personal gain.
Former States Attorney and County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, a Council Member who stuffed hot cash in her bra and flushed checks down the toilet as the FBI raided their home, are examples of such criminals who recently held office in PG County.
In a separate case, the grand jury also indicted Prince George’s Police Corporal Luis Aponte on charges of scheme and theft under $10,000 and two counts of misconduct.
From June 11 to July 6 of 2019, Aponte represented himself as a Prince George’s County police officer while claiming to work a secondary job at Prince George’s Hospital knowing that his police powers were suspended by the department.