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UPPER MARLBORO, MD – A Prince George’s County grand jury today indicted a county police officer, Bryant Strong, on charges of second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
On October 12, 2019, Officer Strong encountered Demonte Wark-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, Strong slammed him down on the ground while in handcuffs.
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 the Prince George’s Hospital knowing that his police powers were suspended by the department.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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