Prince George's Co. Paying $3.6 Million in UMD Beating Settlement

Prince George's County Agrees to $3.6 Million Settlement

Monday, Oct 22, 2012  |  Updated 8:28 AM EDT
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$3.6 Million Awarded in UMD Beating Settlement

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Prince George's County has agreed to pay about $3.6 million to 10 people who were either falsely arrested or injured by police during a post-game celebration at the University of Maryland.

Terrell Roberts, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, said Sunday that $2 million will go to John McKenna, who was beaten by police as students celebrated a Maryland men's basketball win over Duke in March 2010.

About $1.6 million will go to the other nine plaintiffs.

One of the officers, Reginald Baker, was acquitted of the assault on Friday while another officer, James Harrison, was convicted of second-degree assault.

Roberts says he considers the settlements a fair and reasonable payment for his clients, though he says he was disappointed by the jury's verdict in the criminal case.

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