As we’ve seen happen so many times before in police brutality cases, evidence against the Prince George’s County police officers who beat up a University of Maryland student has gone missing.
ABC 7 News is calling it a “bizarre coincidence.”
University of Maryland police called it a “technical error.”
Let’s just call it what it really is: a flagrant cover-up.
Although the citizen video that the world has already seen should be enough to convict those cops of felonious crimes, the attorney for student Jack McKenna subpoenaed video from 20 surveillance cameras in the area to strengthen his client’s case.
And he received all the videos except the one from the camera that was pointing in the direction of the beating that left McKenna unconscious with a concussion.
When the media inquired as to why that particular video was missing, University of Maryland cops blamed it on a technical error.
“The server that manages those cameras automatically overwrites at a certain point, and it just overwrote and it didn’t give us a opportunity to copy this particular piece,” Williams said.
But then the video miraculously appeared. Only for it to be missing two minutes of crucial footage.
This time, campus police had no explanation.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the campus cop in charge of the video surveillance system is married to one of the cops on horseback that McKenna supposedly assaulted before he was assaulted himself.
So now the Maryland State Police Department is investigating whether University of Maryland Police Lt. Joanne Ardovini deliberately deleted the footage to help her husband, National Capital Park Officer John Ardovini, who is named in McKenna’s suit.
Or was it, as the article asks, “merely coincidential”?
I think we already know the answer to that question.
But let’s not hold our breath for the Maryland State Police Department to conduct an honest investigation considering they are the ones that retaliated against a 24-year-old motorcyclist who uploaded a video of one of their officers recklessly pulling a gun on him.