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Prince George's County officer charged, original suspect released after 4 months in jail

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For the second time in a week, Prince George's County Police officials held a news conference to announce criminal charges against an officer. And charges were dropped against a 19-year-old man who had been held in jail for four months.

Prince George's County Police Assistant Chief Kevin Davis (left, in white shirt) announces charges against Cpl. Donald Taylor. Photo: ABC7

On February 3, Cpl. Donald Taylor said he came across a suspect about to rob a Brentwood gas station. When he tried to apprehend the man Taylor said the suspect went for his service weapon causing it to go off.

But surveillance video told a different story. And prosecutors believe the officer lied .

After reviewing the video, prosecutors dropped the charges against 19-year-old Ryan Dorm, the man Taylor said went for his gun.

Dorm was released from jail in May after four months.

Now Taylor, a 13 year veteran, faces several charges, including second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false statements, and misconduct in office.

After his arrest Dorm told police the officer tackled him from behind, then hit him in the head with a gun causing it to go off.

Last Friday another police corporal, Rickie Adey was indicted for allegedly threatening a 13-year-old boy with a gun.

Assistant Chief Kevin Davis says that law enforcement across the country knows misconduct is going to occur, but it's how the department deals with it that counts.

Davis says these indictments stem from an increased effort for transparency and self policing.

But for some in Prince George's County, the charges confirm long held opinions of law enforcement.

Dorm's attorney says he's pursuing a $10-million lawsuit against Prince George's County.

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