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Officers Charged In University Of Md. Beating In Court Today

10:18 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Two Prince George's County officers charged with beating a University of Maryland student go to court Monday.

Footage of the March 2010 shows student John McKenna being beaten during a riot following the Terrapins win over the Duke Blue Devils in basketball.

Reginald Baker and James Harrison have been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and misconduct in office for what they allegedly did on these streets over two years ago. 

The Maryland men's basketball team had just upset Duke and thousand of students celebrated by partying in the streets. Now police had said that students were rioting, but students claimed the officers overreacted.

In total, 33 people were arrested.

But it was a video that surfaced more than a year later that led to these indictments. The video was taken from a dorm room window and it shows those two police beating a then- 21-year-old student, John McKenna. At the time, those officers had said that McKenna and another student had struck the officers and caused their horses minor injuries. They also said that the HORSES kicked the students. But in the video, you can clearly see that that never happened.

The video showed McKenna dancing down the sidewalk and being approached by a police officer on a horse. Police officers in black riot gear are then seen moving in toward the student and slamming him against the wall. The student landed on the ground and two officers struck him several times with their batons.

Baker and Harrison, who were with the police department's special operations division, had their police powers suspended and are on paid administrative leave.  

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