Prince George's police get away with a College Park beatingWashington Post
Dec. 31, 2012
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ON THE EVENING of March 3, 2010, two Prince George’s County police officers, clad in riot gear and wielding nightsticks, beat an unarmed and unthreatening University of Maryland student named John J. McKenna during rowdy street celebrations in College Park following the university’s men’s basketball victory over Duke. The beating was swift, savage and unprovoked; Mr. McKenna had simply been skipping down the street when he encountered the police who slammed him to the ground and pummeled him. Eight metal staples were needed to close a wound to his scalp.
Afterward the police lied about the incident until a video surfaced that exposed their fabrications; even then, they covered up the officers’ identities for months. At trial, a judge with a possible conflict of interest, which she failed to disclose until questioned about it, showed glaring bias in favor of the officers. In the end, one of the officers got off scot-free; the other was given a slap on the wrist; and no higher-ups in the police department were called to account.