April 13th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Officer suspended after videotaped beating of Maryland student

A Prince George's County, Maryland, police officer has been suspended and prosecutors are investigating an incident - caught on video - in which a University of Maryland student was beaten by officers wielding nightsticks, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities are also looking into documents filed by police in the case that appear to contradict the video, Prince George's County police Lt. Andy Ellis told CNN.

The video was shot March 3, after the Maryland men's basketball team defeated Duke. On it, students can be seen celebrating the win as officers in riot gear and on horseback are nearby. Some students are holding up their cell phones, taking pictures or video of the officers and the celebration.

On the video, a student identified as John "Jack" McKenna is seen skipping down the street and approaching two officers on horseback. After a brief exchange, two officers on foot slam McKenna against a wall and he falls to the ground. A third officer joins the first two and the three strike him with nightsticks while he is on the ground.

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