Prince George’s Co Police Shoot & Kill A Suspected Drug Dealer, Md Gov. Hogan Sets Aside $10 (M) To Fight Human Trafficking

Prince George’s Co Police shoot & kill a suspect drug dealer…

There has been a police-involved fatal shooting in Prince George’s County. The suspect has not been identified. Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said officers were called to Sheriff Road following a tip from an informant that there was a man with a gun selling drugs and terrorizing the community.

Two uniformed officers responding to the tip arrived at the 7000 block of Sheriff Road, near FedEx Field last night at 9:15. They spotted the suspect and he then started running. There was a short foot chase before the officers caught up to the man. A scuffle ensued. That’s when reportedly one of the officer believed the suspect was going for a gun in his waistband. One of the officers opened fire shooting at least three times. The suspect was rushed to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Investigators say a gun, cash and drugs were recovered from the scene. None of the officer were hurt.

DC increases emergency level & police ahead of weekend rally’s and protests …

The Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser has increased the city emergency level to level 2. Bowser has also opened the city’s Emergency Operations Center to assist with any potential outbreak of violence.

DC Police Chief Peter Newsham is trying to assure the public that all law enforcement agency from around the region and the FBI will be in full communication. Newsham who says his goal is to keep the two opposing sides from interacting is asking for the public to not let their emotions on this hot button topic make the doing anything illegal. Newsham remains that all who plan to attend the rally or counter-protest will be safe. Look for a number of street closures starting today.

There are several counter-protests planned for Sunday. The group Shut it Down DC will hold a rally from Noon to 3 pm at Freedom Plaza. At 3:30 they will march to Lafayette Park. Black Lives DC has an event starting at Noon at 16th and “I” Streets in Northwest and DC United Against Hate, the first group to get their permit from the National Park Service are planning to have an event from Noon to 4 pm at MLK Memorial. The “Unite the Right 2” rally is set to begin at 5:30 a Lafayette Park.

Md Gov. Hogan sets aside $10 million to fight Human trafficking…

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has pledged $10-million dollars to help fight human trafficking in the state. Hogan made the official announcement yesterday.

?For four years we have been working to combat the criminal gang enterprises that are terrorizing our communities,? Hogan said at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services building in Rockville. ?One of their heinous crimes is human trafficking? As a father I?m heartbroken for these daughters and sons who are being victimized and brutalized.?

Five-million will go toward helping people who were victims of this faceless crime. Four-million will be used to go to 13 counties to target gangs and violent criminal networks involved in human trafficking. $500,00 will go to The University of Maryland at College Park to create a Maryland Crime Research and Innovative Center. The Governor has also created an anti-human trafficking Director to coordinate operations to combat this growing national problem statewide. This person will also lead a pilot project in which several agencies from across the state to collaborate to break up human trafficking rings.

Hogan has also vowed to reintroduce legislation to list human trafficking as a crime of violence in the state of Maryland. In doing so it could lead to additional prison time for offenders found guilty of the crime. A similar bill introduced in 2017 to the General Assembly, died in the House of Delegates.

Data collected on human trafficking shows it is becoming an epidemic. On average 66 young people are trafficked every year in Maryland, with Baltimore being the hardest hit in the state, according to the Maryland Safe Harbor Workgroup.

In 2014, 396 survivors were identified by a state task force conducting a survey of victims. It’s important to note of that number 124 were trafficked as children.

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