ATikTok video went viral recently, resulting in the suspension of a Prince George’s County police officer. The officer was caught on camera entering the backseat of a police cruiser with an unidentified Black woman.
This TikTok was all over social media screens on Monday, gathering over a jaw-dropping 2.3 million views within a mere day.
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In the clip, Officer Francesco Marlett, as identified by the department, stands outside a marked police vehicle with a woman. What happens next has left viewers confused and angered as they both step into the back of the cruiser, and the door firmly closes behind them.
In addition to thousands of social media comments on the video, and a lot of them are demanding that the officer be fired.
PGPD Executive Command is aware of a video circulating on social media with one of our officers. As soon as we became aware earlier today, we opened an investigation to determine the circumstances. Additional information will be released once investigated and confirmed.
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) September 5, 2023
PGPD made a public statement on twitter, “PGPD Executive Command is aware of a video circulating on social media with one of our officers,” the police department posted on social media Tuesday morning. “As soon as we became aware earlier today, we opened an investigation to determine the circumstances. Additional information will be released once investigated and confirmed.”
Officer Marlett’s past includes brushes with disciplinary action. In a troubling incident from 2016, he faced suspension without pay amid allegations of assaulting his girlfriend’s 3-year-old child, an ordeal that left the child unconscious, according to FOX 5 News.
“I think it’s just terrible. You are a police officer,” he said. “You’re a trusted individual, trusted to ensure the safety of departments. Should something happen, you have to respond at a moment’s notice. If you can’t do either of those, and you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing, especially when there are children around. If you’re off duty, that’s one thing. When you are on duty in full uniform, and you’re in a police cruiser…there’s just no excuse.”
The video was later shared on Twitter and is sitting with close to 24.7 million views, generating a lot of conversation. Many local residents weren’t surprised and claimed that such actions by police officers are not uncommon.
Another investigation to figure out what they already know cops do in broad daylight https://t.co/qDFLyqEb56
— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) September 6, 2023
On Twitter, one user remarked, “Another investigation to figure out what they already know cops do in broad daylight.” Meanwhile, some users discussed the young appearance of the woman and brought up the officer’s alleged past actions.
Smh. In uniform, in a marked car in broad daylight. That boldness speaks to the culture of police officers feeling untouchable. https://t.co/wcoFo7f5oH
— Coach Aaron (@vettepassby35) September 5, 2023
Seven years ago this same cop was indicted for beating a 3 year old child to the point of losing consciousness. This is who cops are, what is often swept under the rug to keep them on the street, and yet another in the countless examples of why there is no reforming this system. https://t.co/UYOR8eNDrt
— Scott (@disorderlyswine) September 5, 2023
Update: the officer has been identified. His police powers are now suspended as the investigation continues. https://t.co/hzDdUZuNzm
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) September 5, 2023
Prince George Police Department tweeted, “Additional information will be released once investigated and confirmed.”
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