A Prince George’s County police officer was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop. The victim is being described as a "Latina" and an immigrant.
The alleged rapist is Officer Ryan Macklin, a 6-year veteran of the department. He faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex contact and perverted practice.
Authorities claim that Officer Macklin forced the woman to perform oral s*x in her car in a nearby parking lot while he was on-duty and in uniform driving a marked police cruiser. The officer is believed to have targeted the victim, because she was a Latina immigrant.
The entire incident was caught on a nearby surveillance camera
The police released a statement saying, "[The police] vehicle had pulled adjacent to the victim in this, then backed off, pulled in behind the victim and activated the emergency equipment. Again, this is one of a few videos that we have taken custody of in the last 72 hours. There are additional videos that I will not be releasing at this point. It's premature to release."
According to online reports, and people claiming to know the victim - Officer Macklin targeted the victim because she was a Latina, and appeared to be an immigrant.
The victim's legal immigration status in the Unites States is not known.
Officer Macklin has been suspended without pay and relieved of police powers, according to Stawinski.