One Cop Found Guilty, Another Cleared in Beating of Md. Student

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Credit: Ken Molestina/WUSA 9

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Prince George’s County police officer was found guilty of assault and another was cleared in the 2010 beating of a University of Maryland student after a celebration of a Terps win over Duke in basketball.

Corp. James Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault and not guilty of misconduct in office. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Corp. Reginald Baker was found not guilty of second-degree assault.

John McKenna, the UMd. student who was assaulted that night, said Friday he’s “definitely glad that some justice has been done. It’s been a long two years for me and my family.”

States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Baker was found not guilty because “there was an expert who testified in the case that believed the initial strikes administered by Officer Baker were appropriate. I believe they believe Officer Harrison’s subsequent blows were excessive and unnecessary and therefore unlawful.”

Chief Mark McGaw says Baker and Harrison will now receive administrative reviews, which will determine their job status.

Both remain on paid administrative leave.

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