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UPPER MARLBORO, MD (August 24, 2021) – A Prince George’s County grand jury returned an indictment against a county police officer today. Cpl. Clarence Black has been charged and indicted on two counts of second degree assault and two counts of misconduct in office.

On October 7, 2020, Cpl. Black performed a traffic stop on an African American male driving on Branch Avenue close to Beech Road in Temple Hills. During the traffic stop, Cpl. Black allegedly assaulted the man on two separate occasions. During the second assault, the man was in handcuffs.

“We want our residents to feel safe. And that is why I have promised to always hold everyone accountable for their actions no matter their position and that includes law enforcement officers,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy. “My Public Integrity Unit will be handling this case and will move forward to seek justice for our victim and our community.”

Cpl. Clarence Black has been with the Prince George’s County Police Department since 2002.

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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