P.G. police union backs indicted officers

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Capital Land,Ben Giles

The Prince George’s County police union threw its support behind two county police officers indicted Tuesday in the beating of a University of Maryland student in March 2010.

Vince Canales, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, said he respects the decision made by the grand jury and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, but asked for patience to allow the legal process to take its course.

Special Operations Division officers Reginald Baker and James Harrison each were charged with first- and second-degree assault and misconduct while in office after they were allegedly caught on tape beating then-21-year-old student John J. McKenna.

“We are saddened by the indictments handed down yesterday for officers Baker and Harrison,” Canales said. “Both officers have had long and exemplary careers with the Prince George’s County Police Department. And we believe it would be irresponsible and unfair to rush to judgment.”

McKenna was assaulted on March 3, 2010, following a victory over then-fourth-ranked Duke. Thousands of students poured into the streets of College Park in an unruly celebration, effectively shutting down Route 1.

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