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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 04/12/2010

Charges against UMd. students dropped

By Washington Post editors

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Update:

The Prince George's County prosecutors have dropped charges against two University of Maryland students they claimed struck mounted Park Police officers and their horses after a basketball game in March. A video shot by another student, meanwhile, shows police beating one of those students without apparent provocation, writes Post reporter Ruben Casteneda on the Crime Scene blog.

On Monday, a county prosecutor dropped charges against John J. McKenna, 19. Charges against Benjamin C. Donat, also 19, were dropped on Friday. The videotape was released to some media outlets by the law firm representing the students Monday.

The incident occurred near the University’s College Park campus on March 3 after Maryland’s men’s basketball team defeated Duke. After the game, students took to the streets to celebrate. Twenty eight people were arrested or cited, sparking an intense debate between police and students over how and when it is appropriate to break up a group of revelers.

Earlier posting:

A University of Maryland student says video shows that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack by Prince George's County police during a post-game melee after the Terps beat Duke, Mar. 4, WJLA repots.

WJLA, which obtained the video, said it seems to support John McKenna's claim that he was attacked. McKenna was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct following the incident, which took place on Knox Road in College Park following the game.

A sworn police statement claims McKenna physically assaulted two mounted police officers and their horses on Route 1. The video shows McKenna never got closer than six feet to the horses, provides no indication he assaulted the officers or horses, and shows he was not on Route 1, WJLA reports.

Prince George's County police arrested 28 people during the civil unrest that followed the basketball game, including 23 students.

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P.G. Stands for Punishment Guaranteed. More fine police work from the force. I hope they have their resumes together, DC always needs more gate guards.

Posted by: ericroks | April 12, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A sworn police statement claims McKenna physically assaulted two mounted police officers and their horses on Route 1. The video shows McKenna never got closer than six feet to the horses, provides no indication he assaulted the officers or horses, and shows he was not on Route 1, WJLA reports.
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Wow, now people can see how it was for black people back in the 60's when their wasn't any video tape. At least he wasn't hung!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 12, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

To top it all off, this guy was on the sidewalk and stopped at least 3 feet shy of the police, before they came to him.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | April 12, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Terrapin was able to retract into his shell to avoid the police beat down. My God, gotta love PG county. White, black, Mexican or other..... everybody better keep their heads on a swivel.

Posted by: lingering_lead | April 12, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Outrageous!
The policemen involved should be arrested and charged with the unprovoked violence they inflicted on this student and removed from duty permanently for those actions and the lies they swore to in false reports filed to cover up.

How can Prince George's County allow this kind of behavior from those that are sworn to protect us?

Posted by: BobSanderson | April 12, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

That was criminal behavior by those cops and absolutely uncalled for! I hope all of these people who are always apologizing for the PG Cops watch this video so that they can understand what hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been complaining about for decades. This is the same thing that happened to the guy who got the crap beat out of him at the Papa Johns Pizza place in Largo. Atty. Terrell Roberts is going to get even richer off the PG cops after this one. Good for him!

Posted by: PepperDr | April 12, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

All you liberals coddlin them there intellectuals trouble makin college punks. When Sarah Palin comes to town then you will see some of you lefties gettin your butts a whipped (sigh)

Posted by: Holy_Kow | April 12, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. It's good that the Prince George's county prosecutor dropped charges against the young man who were in the melee after the basketball game. The video is proof that the police officers are lying because one of the young men didn't come too close to horse and was not on the main road.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | April 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Cops yeilding batons, attacking college students, or Cops yeilding tickets in unfair speed traps. Its all the same....its a crooked system. The thugs are easy to identify....they are in uniform.

Posted by: lou8 | April 13, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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