August 2018

07 AugStatement by Will Jawando Regarding the Release of Body Camera Footage


Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) released body camera footage of the killing of Mr. Robert White, a Silver Spring neighbor and black man. Mr. White was walking in his neighborhood when he was confronted by Officer Anand Badgujar, starting an interaction that would ultimately lead to Mr. White being shot more than 7 times and losing his life.

I feel deep sadness and hurt for Robert White, his family and friends and our greater Silver Spring community. I am also strongly determined to put in place better policies, safeguards, training and accountability mechanisms, to stop the shootings of unarmed black men and women.

Now that the Howard County State’s Attorney office has determined the shooting was legally justified, MCPD will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether any departmental rules and policies (including use of force) were broken and, if so, what administrative action should be taken.

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