Two More Prince George's County Officers Suspended

6:00 PM, Apr 15, 2010   |    comments
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PALMER PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- The Prince George's County Police Department suspended two more officers Thursday, in the wake of the "Caught On Tape" beating in College Park.

Thursday's suspensions bring the number of officers suspended to four for the beating of University of Maryland student John McKenna on March 3.

McKenna was part of a large, rowdy crowd celebrating a Terps' basketball victory over Duke when the beating was caught on tape. So far, the sergeant in charge of the squad of men, the supervisor who filed apparently bogus paperwork and two officers are on suspension.

Prince George's County Police Captain Andy Ellis says this is the first significant test of how the department can police itself after emerging from years of federal monitoring of civil rights complaints.

"This is the biggest controversial incident since we have emerged from federal monitoring," Ellis said. "There's a new way that we do things. One isolated incident is not going to take us back."

Meanwhile, felony charges against McKenna, accusing him of assaulting police, have been dropped.

Police are not releasing the names of the suspended officers, claiming they have been subjected to threatening phone calls. However, 9NEWS NOW has confirmed the names of two officers from from public records and other sources. They are: Sean McAleavey, who filed charging documents in the case, and Sgt. Anthony Kline.

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