LAUREL, Md. (WUSA)-- The Prince George's County Chapter of the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People is asking the federal Department of Justice to begin a civil rights investigation of the city police department here, claiming it discriminates against minorities.
The precipitating incident took place last month when a Laurel officer struck three times in the head a handcuffed suspect. leading to a $3 million lawsuit against the city.
"Laurel police officers are racist. They took off their Klan uniform and put on their badge and gun," said longtime Laurel resident Karen Matthews at a press conference here on Monday.
"It seems like they want to sweep it under the rug and think this will go away. This is not going to go away," said Prince George's County NAACP President Bob Ross.
"We will no longer accept tolerate or put up with the behavior of the Laurel Police Department," said resident Thomas Matthews.
NAACP members took their concerns to a Monday evening meeting of the city council where Mayor Craig Moe promised every complaint will be taken seriously and investigated.
"If there are some bad apples out there, we're gonna take care of those bad apples," Moe said.