US police officer accused of raping migrant during traffic stop

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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A police officer in a suburb of Washington has been arrested and charged with raping an undocumented migrant during a traffic stop, officials said Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the early hours of October 11 in the town of Langley Park, just north of the capital, according to a police statement.

Ryan Macklin, 29, is accused of pulling over a female driver then forcing her to perform a sexual act while they were both seated in her car in a nearby parking lot.

Local media reported the victim was an undocumented migrant, citing an advocacy group.

Macklin, a six-year-veteran of the police force, is charged with first and second degree rape and second degree assault and will appear before a court for his first hearing on November 14.

“The charges against this officer are highly troubling,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski.

“Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimise someone.”

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