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Pr. George's agrees to settlements in assault case

Monday - 10/22/2012, 11:26am  ET

Police chief responds to jury's verdict

WTOP's Thomas Warren

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - 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 badly beaten by police as students celebrated a Maryland 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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