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Two P.G. officers suspended over racially insensitive video

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It was supposed to be a funny spoof on racial profiling during a traffic stop. 

But two Prince George's County Police Officers who appeared in an internet video called "Driving While Black" have been suspended and could be fired. 

Police Chief Mark Magaw says the two Fifth District patrol officers, one a ten year veteran, the other who's been on the force three years, were asked by an unnamed actor to be in his video.

In a simulated traffic stop, they pull him over wearing their county uniforms and driving a county cruiser.

"Supposedly it was a spoof, but there was nothing funny about it. We took it very seriously. It's unacceptable,"Magaw says,

The two officers and the actor are all black. Fraternal Order Of Police President Vince Canales says he found some real problems with the video, especially given the community's sensitivity to issues of racial profiling.

"I'm concerned about some of the content. It's inappropriate and never should have been made. It certainly does not accurately depict the officers who are out there doing the job on a day to day basis, " Vince Canales says.

The two officers will appear at suspension hearing next week and could be fired.


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