Video: Md. County Pays $3.6M Settlement In Police Assault Case
October 23, 2012
VIDEO: Md. Cops Strike Student with Batons
Prince George's County, Md., has agreed to pay $3.6 million to 10 students who claimed they were assaulted or wrongfully arrested during post-game rioting on the University of Maryland campus in 2010.
About $2 million will go to Jack McKenna, who was seen on video being struck by officers' batons after he approached mounted officers.
The settlements were reached before a jury found Officer James Harrison guilty of second-degree assault for his role in the recorded beating. The same jury found Officer Reginald Baker not guilty, reports CBS Baltimore.
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michael @ 10/23/2012 11:56 PM
You guys can kick the shit out of me for 2 million bucks anytime. Really, these kinds of settlements is why these fu-kin punks want to sue LEO's all the time. And the cities and counties settle on these ridicules amounts because they are afraid of the lawyers. The funny thing is the lawyers are the ones really getting rich off this.............What a fu-kin joke.
Random @ 10/24/2012 2:23 AM
I thought the first report said the horse did it?
Bob @ VA @ 10/24/2012 5:35 AM
A vicious assault deserves to be punished. The full film showed that McKenna was not participating in the riot. Harrison got off easy. McKenna deserved every penny of his settlement for being assaulted under color of law. PG County has a well-deserved reputation for using excessive force and being quick on the trigger. Google them to see how many large settlements they regularly pay. That department is out of control.
Who ME? @ 10/24/2012 2:41 PM
@ Random. The first report said the kid struck the horse and officers causing them injuries, and the horse caused some of the suspect's injuries (watch the video link). While video can be misinterpreted... this video doesn't seem to show what was written in the orignal report... making it harder for the rest of us when we have to sit in the witness stand (i.e. we all get labeled as liars). Thanks a lot for making our job harder guys!
John @ 10/25/2012 3:31 PM
The states should pass laws limiting the dollar amount in lawsuits if there is no permanent physical damage. Perhaps a limit of $10,000 maximum per individual. Why should the taxpayers (esp. in this Obama economy) be responsible for making minorities and trial lawyers rich? If the officers are quilty, fire them and permanently ban them from any future position of public trust.
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