Philip Dupree

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Service Record

Agency Capitol Heights Maryland Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended in 2013[1]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]
Agency District Heights Maryland Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service June 5, 2014[2] - October 2, 2015[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]
Agency Prince George’s Community College Maryland Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended in 2018[1]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]
Agency Fairmount Heights Maryland Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2019.[4]
Last Known Status Separated.[4]

Incident Reports

2015 Unlawful Conduct

While employed by the District Heights Maryland Police Department, Dupree applied for a police officer position with the Department of General Services. On the application, he admitted to unlawful conduct. The information was relayed to the District Heights department, but not immediately acted upon.[2]

2015 Arrest of LaToya Perry

On September 10, 2015, Perry complained to the department that Dupree had thrown her son against a car. When Perry intervened and said that she would report the incident, Dupree threatened to arrest her. Perry withdrew to her apartment, called 911, and was told to wait inside for the arrival of a commander. Hearing a knock on the door, Perry opened the door to discover Dupree, who forced his way into the apartment, displayed a handgun, used disrespectful language, and arrested Perry. Dupree's arrest statement did not include all of those details.[2]

Response Timeline

On October 2, 2015, the department completed the investigation of this incident, finding it to be a "clear case of retaliation" and recommended that Dupree be charged with submitting a false report and conduct unbecoming an officer.[2]

2015 Unapproved Weapon

Another officer reported that Dupree was carrying an unapproved and unauthorized weapon (an AR-15 rifle) while on duty.[2]

Response Timeline

On September 29, 2015, Dupree was placed on administrative leave without pay.[2]

On October 2, 2015, Dupree was terminated.[2]

On October 9, 2015, Dupree filed a petition claiming that his termination was improper. The circuit court ordered a hearing.[2]

The hearing took place on February 26, 2016 and the court ruled that the termination was proper.[2]

On April 1, 2016, Dupree asked the court to revise the judgment. As he cited no new information, the court denied his motion.[2]

Dupree appealed that decision, asking if the circuit court erred in not revising the judgment.[2]

On September 26, 2017, the Circuit Court found no error and denied Dupree's appeal.[2]

2019 Fraud Charges

In May and June of 2019, Dupree and five other officers were accused of working together to orchestrate false thefts of their own debit cards or vehicles, and then reporting the fake crimes to law enforcement to collect insurance money.[1][5]

Response Timeline

On July 28, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Dupree with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison.[5]

2019 Arrest of Torrence Sinclair

On August 4, 2019, Dupree was outside of his jurisdiction when he stopped Sinclair. Dupree arrested Sinclair, chemically sprayed him while he was in handcuffs, and took hours to transport him to the county jail. Prosecutors also allege that Dupree lied about the incident in charging documents.[4][1]

Sinclair was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, attempted assault second degree on a law enforcement officer, malicious destruction of property, and attempted escape second degree.[4]

Response Timeline

In November 2019, the charges against Sinclair were dropped.[4]

On October 22, 2020, Sinclair filed a lawsuit against Dupree and the town of Fairmount Heights, alleging that Dupree violated his rights during the arrest.[1][6]

On November 22, 2021, Dupree was indicted on charges of kidnapping, perjury, and misconduct in office.[1]

On August 24, 2022, Dupree was indicted on federal charges for violating civil rights through the use of unreasonable force, and obstruction of justice. If convicted, Dupree faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the unreasonable force charge, and a maximum of 20 years in prison for the obstruction of justice charge.[7]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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