News Release, Prince George’s County Police Department

A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted a suspended Prince George’s County Police officer today.

Corporal Radames Gonzalez faces 11 charges to include extortion, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. Gonzalez is accused of demanding payment to overlook motor vehicle violations during two separate traffic stops.

In November of 2018, the Prince George’s County Police Department alerted our community to an officer’s suspension after one resident came forward alleging that he paid officer cash during a traffic stop at the officer’s demand in lieu of receiving a citation. Upon hearing of this allegation, Chief Stawinski immediately launched an Internal Affairs Investigation. The officer’s police powers were suspended the same day. A second citizen came forward early in the investigation. The traffic stops were conducted in Temple Hills.

The Prince George’s County Police Department brought this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of criminal charges.

“If proven true, the community must know that this department will not tolerate any officer, regardless of rank, betraying the trust of our residents and abusing their police powers. Each of us swears an oath which grants us both extraordinary authority and extraordinary responsibility. I expect all officers to conduct themselves with integrity commensurate to that oath and in the overwhelming majority of cases they do. A small number fails to do so, and there are consequences” said Chief Stawinski.

If anyone had a similar experience with Gonzalez, they are asked to call our Internal Affairs Division at 301-772-4795.

Corporal Gonzalez has been with the department for 13 years and is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.  

In light of the indictment on felony charges, Gonzalez’s status moves from suspended with pay to suspended without pay.

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