Even On Duty Police…

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I’m a female UMD student living off campus, so I have to walk next to busy roadways to get to class. I get verbally harassed at least once most days, usually by men driving by in cars. My skin is pretty tough at this point, but a few incidents involving Prince George’s County Police have really bothered me. During both of these incidents I was “cat called” by cops driving by in their cruisers. They turned on their lights and their sirens for a split second while driving past me. It was just like when men slow down and honk or yell… But these were ON DUTY POLICE using their vehicles to intimidate a woman. It’s frightening that the men who are supposed to serve and protect have the same mentality as the men we need to be protected from.

Submitted by Anonymous on 12/04/2009

Location: Near the intersection of Adelphi Road and Pennsylvania St. Hyattsville, MD; Route 1 (Near Plato’s Diner), College Park, MD

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3 responses to “Even On Duty Police…

  1. American heroes my ass. Being in a position of power does not give you a free pass to be a disgusting jerk. No matter how “tough” you are about harassment, it’s a shame you have to face this daily, especially from law enforcement. Where is the line drawn?

  2. Awful. I’m so sorry you had to experience that. You might consider filing a grievance with the police department. Here’s their website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/poltmpl.asp?url=/content/pol/index.asp Some counties have grievance review panels, intended to hold police accountable. Of course there may be risks associated with doing so, which you’d have to weigh for yourself.

  3. uhhhh…. to Erika…. i hope she doesnt complain to the website you gave. its the wrong county. her location seems to be in PG, not MOCO.
    just dont want to see the wrong department get in trouble

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