Prince George’s Co. officer to serve 1 year in jail for assault, paralyzing of handcuffed man

By: Ivy Lyons| ilyons@wtop.com


A former Prince George’s County, Maryland police officer will serve a year in jail, followed by three more years of supervised probation for assaulting a handcuffed man.


Bryant Strong was found guilty in May of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office after assaulting Demonte Ward-Blake, 24, during a traffic stop.


State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy shared approval of the move, highlighting that officers who are derelict in their duty to protect the public “will be held accountable.”


“No one is above the law, and it is my job to enforce the law and to ensure that the public is protected,” Braveboy said in a statement Thursday. “I am pleased that today’s sentencing brings closure to this very tragic case for Demonte Ward-Blake’s family and this community.”


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