Ex-Fairmount Heights police officer faces federal charges

A former Fairmount Heights, Maryland, police officer has been indicted on federal charges over a 2019 incident in D.C.

Philip Dupree, 38, was indicted on charges of violating a man’s civil rights and obstructing justice in relation to a traffic stop Aug. 4, 2019.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Dupree made a traffic stop in D.C., detained the driver and used pepper spray in “an unreasonable use of force,” then submitted a false probable cause statement that justified his use of the spray.

The two charges carry a combined maximum sentence of 30 years.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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