Two cops have been suspended in the beating that left a 21-year-old University of Maryland student unconscious with a gaping head gash that required staples to mend.
But so far, none of the three cops who were directly involved in the beating have been identified.
The suspended officers are the sergeant supervising the officers as well as the officer who wrote up the false report, an Officer S. McAleavey.
McAleavey was not at the scene, but wrote up the report after taking the information from the other officers, according to The Washington Post.
In other words, he knows exactly who did the beatings, but is obviously not talking.
So much for protecting and serving the public. Let him go down with the rest of the criminals.
In McAleavey’s sworn statement, he claimed that student Jack McKenna assaulted the officers.
The video, however, proved that to be a lie.
The video shows McKenna skipping along the sidewalk, celebrating the University of Maryland’s basketball victory of Duke University on March 3 when he came across a couple of officers on horseback.
He stopped dancing as the officers on horseback moved in closer. He started stepping backward.
Suddenly, three other officers on foot who were dressed in indistinguishable riot gear rushed in and started beating him.
At least one of them beat him repeatedly with his baton.
According to a previous ABC 7 story.
In the sworn statement, police claimed McKenna “struck those officers and their horses causing minor injuries,” and that McKenna was “kicked by the horses and sustained minor injuries.”
The video does not support either of the police claims.
McKenna suffered a head wound requiring multiple staples. The injuries to his body match the pattern of the police batons — not horses hooves
The video was so blatant that the FBI is now investigating, which is a good sign because usually these matters are usually investigated within their own department, meaning the cops end up with a slap on the wrist, if anything.
The Prince George’s County police department’s internal affairs division and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney office are also investigating. But sources say the FBI and Justice Department are not content to defer to local agencies in the investigation.
Considering that McKenna was facing prison time before the video went public and his charges were dropped, the officers involved in this incident deserve nothing less than prison.