Police: No Violation By Officer Who Took Rice Autograph

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – Robert Lang and Bryan Sears of Maryland’s Morning News and Patch.Com

A spokesman for the Baltimore County Police tells Maryland’s Morning News contributor Bryan Sears of Patch.com that a police officer did nothing wrong when he accepted an autograph from Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Rice offered the officer an autograph after he gave Rice a warning for driving with tinted windows that were too dark.

Police Lt. Rob McCullough told Sears that even though officers cannot accept gratuities or gifts in the course of their official duties, the autograph was not a gratuity, since the traffic stop had been completed.

Rice told reporters on Tuesday he was not looking for preferential treatment when he offered the autograph and said the officer was “doing his job” when he gave him the warning. 

McCullough did not return a call from WBAL News today.

The incident took place Monday night outside the Game Stop in Owings Mills.


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