Cops Rack Up Formal Complaints After Giving Teens Warning Not To Walk In Road

Holly Matkin

Eduardo Ortiz and three other Wheaton residents demanded to know why the officers stopped the teens.

Wheaton-Glenmont, MD – A local resident filed a complaint against two Montgomery County police officers after he witnessed them stopping three teenagers who were walking in the middle of the street.

In their formal complaint, Eduardo Ortiz and three other Wheaton residents demanded to know why the officers stopped the teens, and whether or not the stop was “legal,” WUSA reported.

The group also wanted to know if the fingerprint data the officers collected from the juveniles in order to identify them would be “expunged from the system.”

"We do not simply write to complain about this baseless stop and the Police Officers’ actions in lying to residents of the neighborhood, but also to ask for clear answers,” the complaint read, according to WUSA.

According to the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), officers have stepped up their efforts to stop people from walking in the roadway after a series of vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions.

On Feb. 23, two MCPD officers stopped the three teens after they spotted them walking in the driving lane on Blueridge Avenue, WUSA reported.

Ortiz said that the officers told the group to sit on the curb, then later photographed them as they stood against a wall.

The officers also fingerprinted the juveniles using a mobile device, then released them with paper “pedestrian warning” slips, Ortiz told WUSA.

The slips include a pre-printed list of potential pedestrian-related law violations, such as failing to yield for vehicles and failing to use a crosswalk.

The officers did not mark any of the potential law violations before they handed the pedestrian warning slips to the teens.

Neighbor Angela Patterson said that one of the officers told her that they stopped the group as part of their “pedestrian safety week” efforts, WUSA reported.

But Patterson argued that the stop was out-of-line.

“We’ve never had any pedestrian fatalities on the 1800-block of Blueridge,” she declared.

"Generally we see people walking down the side of the street all day long [and we saw people both during and after this stop walk by], and we have never seen anyone else be stopped or questioned on why they were walking by,” the group’s formal complaint read.

Ortiz noted that the teens had no choice but to walk in the street because there are no sidewalks in that area, WUSA reported.

According to MCPD Captain Thomas Jordan, the juveniles were walking in the “middle” of the roadway when the officers encountered them.

Capt. Jordan said that the department has checked out the neighbors’ complaint and determined that the officers were simply conducting “pedestrian safety education,” WUSA reported.

Because the teens were not carrying any ID, the officers ran their fingerprints through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in case they ultimately decided to issue formal citations, the captain explained.

Capt. Jordan said that the MCPD Fourth District commander has contacted the Montgomery County engineering office to discuss problems associated with the lack of a sidewalk along Blueridge Avenue.

MCPD also advised Ortiz that he still has the option to file a complaint about the stop with the agency’s internal affairs division, WUSA reported.

Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando said he is concerned about the officers’ contact with the juveniles.

“My staff has spoken to the resident who posted about the incident and has reached out to the Montgomery County Police Department to get to the bottom of what occurred,” Jawando told WUSA.

According to the MCPD’s website, over 100 pedestrians are killed and more than 2,500 are injured every year in Maryland due to collisions with motor vehicles.

Comments (82)
flybynight
flybynight

#unsafepractice

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Shepfershort
Shepfershort

We need a database of all the cop hating jackwads in the country.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

I really hate it when parents try to defend their "perfect little teenage angels" even when they get caught doing something wrong (criminal or just being unsafe).

RighteousUse
RighteousUse

Michael Brown was an angel walking down the middle of the road too. Weird.

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

So sick of the snowflakes; and public education is popping them out by the thousands...🤦‍♀️

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Sigh, parents complaining about police … instead of saying THANKS for making sure their kid wasn't killed, and then asking their dumbass kid WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WALKING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, ARE YOU STUPID???

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

“We’ve never had any pedestrian fatalities on the 1800-block of Blueridge,” she declared. WELL FUCKING AWESOME, SO DO YOU WANT YOUR DUMBASS KID TO BE THE FIRST??? Stupid fucking parents, kids don't have a chance.

vwiles34
vwiles34

And if one of the angels gets hit by a car it's " Where were the Police?".

NomonK
NomonK

Cop haters piss me off. Complain about cops, complain about Trump, complain about me calling all of the stupid liberals. Bunch of Snowflakes should complain to the city to get some sidewalks. But then they would complain about all the construction.

Poorboy126
Poorboy126

They won't want sidewalks because that will raise their taxes LOL.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

So what you're saying is that these Democrats that complained weren't happy with the police enforcing the laws.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Due to the lack of sidewalks, they have no choice but to walk in the street. But right down the middle? That's just either stupid kids who believe they're immortal or stupid parents who don't bother to teach them road safety for pedestrians. Sheesh, I just turned 50 and still vividly remember being taught how to walk in the street properly by my parents when I read only 5.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I don't understand what's happening to America my mom would have beat my an made me apologize to the officers also the kids could have walked close to the curb but when you got dumb ass parents they produced dumb ass kids

gottie
gottie

Another citizen, has nothing better to do than complain about police doing there job

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

Unfortunately, this is probably the normal reaction to justifiable police activity in a residential neighborhood.

God forbid the perception that our neighborhood has an issue or our teens are anything less than perfect.

Proof positive we have long since arrived at the point where people who shouldn’t be reproducing, are en masse.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Thank you...for getting them out of a vehicle's path...what would this complainer had said "if" the boys had been hit by a car after the officers just passed them and waved hello? Ok, then..walk on the SIDE not down the middle....

nuccten
nuccten

You can't fix stupid.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

Capt. Jordan said that the department has checked out the neighbors’ complaint and determined that the officers were simply conducting “pedestrian safety education,” WUSA reported.

so stopping kids walking down a street with NO sidewalks, lining them up against a wall like criminals, taking there picture, fingerprinting them treating them like they are some kind of criminal is OK because it is “pedestrian safety education”. the cops must have been board that day as to stoop so low to harass kids for walking!

DDPaul
DDPaul

Good job deputies. Keep the mindless out of the middle of the streets and save their useless lives.

Boarhogone
Boarhogone

Here’s a idea!! Tell OPS to tell the complainants to mind their own business!! Subjects were violating state law and since its not their child and they have no reason to know and the child is under age. GO PACK SAND!! I HATE THESE LIBERAL POS!

RunCop
RunCop

Do we even need to ask?

Grannyg
Grannyg

Stop complaining about officers doing their job. If your kid gets hit by car and injured or killed then you would be bitching about no sidewalks and speed limit. Try being a cop for one hour and you would think twice about being a moron bitching. These days you can’t trust anyone so taking their fingerprints is for safety reasons.

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

The three boys should have been taught by their parent that you do not walk in the middle of a street because you could be run over by a vehicle. You should always walk on the side/shoulder of the street facing on coming traffic. Are these people illegals in our country? If so, the need to go back to where they came from.

S David
S David

I agree that walking down the middle of the street is dangerous and should be addressed. In this case, a simple stop, warn and advise them to walk along the edge of the road facing traffic since there appears to be no sidewalks thereby leaving them no choice be to walk on the roadway. Taking their pictures and fingerprints is way over the top for their actions. Many teenagers don't carry IDs if they are not driving and why should they? This is not a true police state. There are no requirements that you have to carry ID on you at all times. All that being said, what happens to the picture and fingerprints after they were found guilty of nothing more than walking in the street? Does this generate of permanent file on these individuals? In this case a "soft touch" would have been more productive. How are this individuals going to view the police in the future?

Back'nTheBlue
Back'nTheBlue

Well, I suppose when one of those dumbass teens gets hit by a car and seriously injured or worse, let's just see who those ignorant parents call.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Sorry but I’ve seen this disrespect before in teens or whoever walk down the middle of the road and actually look at u like they dare u to run them over. No pity here for a cop telling them to get out of the road. You shouldn’t even have to tell some anyone this if they had any bit of common sense! Spoiled brats I’d say!

Pilot350
Pilot350

When I was a kid we would play in the street. When a car was coming you yelled car and got to the side. This is a complete sign of disrespectful kids and the problems go right to the parents filling the complain. You need to parent your children so the police don't have to.

ikaika
ikaika

Attitude is everything. If these kids had been polite and cooperative, I bet they would have been given a friendly warning. I'm guessing that their entitled attitude earned them the heightened response from the officer.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

So the teens themselves or their parent didn't file any complaints but a bunch of social warrior justice warrior douchebags did?

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Maybe the little snowflakes SHOULD GET RUN OVER and THEN THEY MAY LEARN A LESSON?

MSK
MSK

And if the police hadn’t stopped them from walking down the MIDDLE of the street and they had been hit by a car the same a-holes would be screaming “the police aren’t doing their job, they drove by and didn’t stop the kids from walking in the street. Can we sue them???”

NFPD103
NFPD103

what a complete waste of time and effort in having to look into this. the subjects were given a warning, for waking in the middle of the roadway as a result of an enforcement and education effort by the department and the complainants were aware of that before writing the letter. if these residents were upset by the effort they should have been more upset that the juveniles were walking in the middle of the road. again we see the acceptance of minor criminal behavior by a community that simply does not want to conform to norms of the rest of society. political activism as a weaponized attack on police as a means of retaliation against officers to effect a change they see as the targeting of policy and organization because the officers acted within the law and rules they operate under knowing that any complaint most likely will appear on the officers records and could, later on, be used to attack the officers and department, the shotgun effect something will stick at some point and time. when will departments learn to not accept complaints like this unless they are filed as per established policy and then take appropriate action to countermeasures like this by documenting the aggressive use of the complaints system by an individual or group against department or officers?

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

So walk in the grass or alongside the road but not smack in the middle of it! These cops did a great job and the parents need to reteach their little darlings exactly where they’re supposed to walk

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I wonder what the reaction would have been if these kids have been struck by a car while walking down the middle of the road..... my guess is that the cops didn't do enough to keep them safe!

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Just tell these idiots to, "Fuck Off" and remind them the officers are protecting the kids from getting hit by vehicles which the parents should've done.

xenonman
xenonman

They should have been asked to produce green cards as well as documentation proving that they weren't in MS-13!

Rede2go
Rede2go

For nearly twenty years I have advised people to take the test, get on the job! Best career ever! Last week I had a young person who had known me for years ask if they should take the test ! I have them a resounding NO!! I am out in 2 years and can't wait. I don't see anything good in store for officers looking at 20 or more years till they pull the pin. SAD!!


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