New Carrollton officer indicted on assault, reckless endangerment charges

A New Carrollton, Maryland, police officer has been indicted on charges of assault and reckless endangerment related to an arrest in June 2021, according to a news release from the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On June 19, 2021, while responding to a call for service at a New Carrollton apartment building, Sergeant Jeffery Harris and other officers came into contact with a civilian, who authorities at the time said was connected to a separate incident.

At some point during the response, Harris allegedly placed the handcuffed victim upside down in a police cruiser, creating substantial risk of death and serious physical injury to the victim, according to the news release.



“We presented our evidence to a grand jury, and they returned an indictment charging Sergeant Harris with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

It was Harris’s alleged actions during this arrest that led to criminal charges being pursued, prosecutors said.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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