- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two Prince George’s County police officers were indicted Thursday for separate incidents in which the officers are accused of assaulting teenagers.

Officer Charles Pickard was indicted on charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office for a November incident during which officials said he assaulted a 17-year-old Suitland High School student, whom he later arrested. The officer was working as a school resource officer at the school at the time.

In a separate incident that occurred in November 2012, law enforcement officials said Officer Jerry Thomas struck a handcuffed 15-year-old boy who had been screaming inside a cell while he was being processed at a police station. The boy had been arrested for vandalism. Officer Thomas was charged with misconduct in office.

Officer Pickard has been on the county police force for six years and Officer Thomas on the force for five years.

Both of the officers were suspended with pay beginning November 2013 when the incidents came to light through internal use of force investigations. Both will remain suspended pending the outcome of the criminal investigations.

Responding to questions about the length of time between the incidents and the officers’ indictments, a spokesman for the county state’s attorney said because the investigations resulted from routine administrative reviews rather than from citizen complaints it took longer to locate the two victims and to begin investigating.

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