Prince George Maryland
Yesterday a Prince George’s County Police Officer shot and killed a handcuffed man he had placed in his patrol vehicle. Calls had come in to the police station saying that a man had rammed several cars. Officers arrived on the scene and Cpl. Michael Owen took William Green into custody, handcuffing him behind his back and placing him in the front seat of the police car.
From there things get murky. Some officers said when they first approached Green’s vehicle they thought they smelled PCP. Green was handcuffed the police claim he was seat belted in the front seat of the police cruiser. After the shooting, police said they had two witnesses who saw a struggle going on in the front seat of the car then heard loud bangs.
Police Chief Stawinski Corrects the Record
Today, the police chief of Prince George’s County Police Department, Henry P. Stawinski, corrected some of the errors in the initial release of information. In Chief Stawinski’s press release he said the following, “We do not believe PCP was involved, we do not have independent witnesses that observed a struggle and we do not know for certain that Mr. Green was seat-belted in that cruiser.” All kinds of conjecture comes out at the beginning of an incident. A person can say ‘probably this happened’ and in the confusion of a high drama scene the listener can hear it as if the speaker was saying that is what happened. Not that it MIGHT have been what happened.
What We Know Happened
Now that there has been time to evaluate what happened we can give these facts. William Green was taken into custody. He was handcuffed behind his back and placed in the front seat of the police car because the car did not have the partition to section off the back seat. Cpl. Michael Owen entered the car. For some reason, Cpl. Owen shot Mr. Green several times. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on Green then had him transported to the hospital. Green was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Cpl. Michael Owen, a 10-year veteran of the police department, was placed on administrative leave yesterday evening and was arrested this afternoon. He is being charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and associated weapons charges. Cpl. Owen has been involved in two other shootings during his career, one of which was fatal.
Prince George’s County Police Department is in the process of getting body cams. Currently they have some but not all. Cpl. Owen was not issued a body cam. All PGPD officers will have body cams by the end of this year.
Information from WUSA9.com. See their article here.
What Real Leadership Looks Like
Chief Stawinski gave a statement in which he speaks about all the areas that were involved in investigating the incident then admits that there is no reasonable explanation. He then goes on to say he has determined it to have been a crime. See video below.