Charges against UMd. students dropped
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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.
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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