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By Elliott Francis

Prince George’s County Police have not yet identified the officers involved in the beating of a University of Maryland student. Now the FBI is joining in a probe into the incident.

FBI spokesman Rich Wolf says agents are reviewing the video and the events of March 3. The tape shows two officers dressed in riot gear repeatedly hitting 21-year-old John J. McKenna, apparently without provocation. So far, the Prince George's County police department has not identified the two officers.

"I've been in communications with the chief," says Maryland State's Attorney Glenn Ivey. "I know he's working hard to identify the officers responsible for this; then we can take it to the grand jury."

Charging documents allege that McKenna assaulted police on horseback and made no mention of the beating. Ivey says the Police account, and the video tell two different stories.

"Clearly, the video and the police report don't match up," he says, "that's part of the investigation that the police are going through now. I think they're making good headway on that."

A spokesman for the Justice Department says that after the FBI has completed its probe the department will determine if civil rights laws were violated.

Charges against the student were dropped shortly before the video was made public.

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