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Officers strike Maryland student after Duke game


The Maryland-Duke post-game celebration last month got a bit peppy, as I noted back then, but there were immediately accusations that the police went beyond mere peppiness. On Monday, this video surfaced of P.G. police striking a student, apparently without provocation. It's more than a tad disturbing. More from The Post:

Prince George's prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation of three county police officers who beat an unarmed University of Maryland student with their batons after a basketball game last month in an incident that was caught on video and surfaced publicly Monday, authorities said....

Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton said that one of the three officers had been identified and that his police powers have been suspended during the investigation. The other two officers will also be suspended as soon as they are identified, Hylton said.

"I'm outraged and disappointed after viewing the video," Hylton said. "That's not the type of professional conduct we promote. Any employee who uses excessive force will be held accountable."

Remind me next year to avoid College Park after any big wins. Or big losses. Or just in general, I guess.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Comments

Put them on trial and if guilty give em life. No mercy for the abuse of power.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 13, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Where's the respect for authority? First from the kid, who clearly mouthed off to the cops, got them angry, and got what he asked for, and second from the cops, who could have simply have arrested him, and that would have been enough punishment and grief for him, having to explain to his parents what a jerk he was and how he ended up in the pokey.

Posted by: sjshanno | April 13, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I blame the Terps. If they could just figure out a way to beat Duke more than once every 5 years, this probably wouldn't happen.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | April 13, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

That's not good for business...

Posted by: makplan20002 | April 13, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I've experienced PG County police brutality first hand, have been arrested and wasted several days of my life in a PG County jail in college and denied my rights for trying to stop these scumbag cops from beating the living crap out of my friends (who had done nothing illegal).

Seeing this story and the accompanying video is sweet justice. I hope they get the book thrown at them.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The kid was acting a fool. The beating was not only justified but hopefully knocked some sense into him.

Let's see, there are thousands of unruly people on the scene. An individual approaches a police officer in a crazy manner (waving his hands, skipping oddly) in an attempt to ridicule or threaten the officer. He got what he was seeking....attention.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 13, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Terps. If they could just figure out a way to beat Duke more than once every 5 years, this probably wouldn't happen.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | April 13, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Man that is just soooo funny. I get it, Md never beats Duke right? But wait a second, doesn't this little fact get in the way of your attempt at humor: MD has beaten Duke more than any other school in the country in the last dozen years (yes, more than UNC).

Please. Stop. Commenting.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 13, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't mind Fushezzi people, he's a little off in the head.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

MD has beaten Duke more than any other school in the country in the last dozen years (yes, more than UNC).

Please. Stop. Commenting.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 13, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Quick, somebody make a banner...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | April 13, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

fushsezzi, wait, so this kid WALKED UP TO THE POLICE and deserved to get beat so bad that he got 8 staples in his head? some other kid who was also beat had MEMORY LOSS from the police beating him. but that's all justified? they were beating him WHILE HE WAS ON THE GROUND. these kids weren't armed, they weren't instigating a riot, they were walking. there are several other stories and videos of kids standing in line at santa fe to get into the bar who got tear gas and beat by police. and what would happen if this wasn't on video? the police charged these kids and then so kindly dropped the charges after a video came out of THEM doing everything they charged the kids with. they had to LIE in their reports to make it look like their behavior wasn't excessive. they knew exactly what they were doing, and they would have gotten away with it without this video. if this kid was convicted, he would have been expelled from the university. think about that.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/04/13/maryland.police.beating/index.html?hpt=T1

Posted by: elisabeth25 | April 13, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

elisabeth25, take it from me (his friend and landlord), fushezzi isn't being serious (tho he'll claim otherwise). He's just trying to get a rise out of some of you...don't mind him.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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