Allegations of inappropriate conduct have prompted two investigations into the Maryland State Police barrack in La Plata.
The choice to call a weekend visitors enforcement marketing campaign “Make Waldorf Nice Once more” was already underneath investigation. Now, the company is wanting right into a commemorative coin created in honor of that controversial marketing campaign.
A “problem coin” is an merchandise created as a supply of delight and camaraderie amongst some in legislation enforcement.
The coin in query bears the Maryland State Police company’s emblem within the center and the phrases “Make Waldorf Nice Once more” on its border, commemorating the identify of the February visitors enforcement operation.
The cash are being distributed amongst troopers within the La Plata barrack, in accordance with police sources.
Rodney Morris, the speedy previous president of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Police, mentioned some Black troopers complained in February concerning the identify of the operation, prompting that company to research.
“The coin was created, it was made and it got here out after you mentioned you had been doing an investigation,” Morris mentioned. “I can’t say what the mindset is, however on the face, it appears such as you didn’t do an investigation.”
On the again of the coin are the stats from the operation, together with hand gun seizures, DUI arrests, automobile searches and visitors stops.
“On Might 21, 2021, MSP Govt Command Employees was made conscious of a coin created with the phrases used to call the initiative in February. The alleged creation/manufacturing and doable sale of such coin…. has been actively underneath investigation by the Maryland State Police Inner Affairs Division,” Maryland State Police mentioned in a press release to News4.
Col. Jerry Jones, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, was known as earlier than the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland to deal with issues about alleged racism and discrimination throughout the division.
In April, Jones promised modifications to enhance tradition. Morris mentioned the coin is proof that there’s a lot work forward.
“There’s a resistance to vary and regardless of the resistance, the change goes to happen, whether or not it is throughout this time interval underneath this administration or the subsequent. However change goes to happen,” Morris mentioned.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland has mentioned it needs to convene a gathering between the superintendent of Maryland State Police and Black troopers.
“Right now, there are not any troopers from the La Plata Barrack suspected of producing the coin; nonetheless, the case stays underneath investigation,” Maryland State Police mentioned.