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Prince George's Cops On Trial For 2010 UMD Beating

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The prosecution says two police officers abused their power when they assaulted a University of Maryland student during a rowdy post-game celebration two years ago. As the trial began Monday, lawyers for the officers say their clients were merely "foot soldiers'' following orders, according to the Associated Press report.

Jurors heard opening statements in the trial of Reginald Baker and James Harrison, two Prince George's County police officers accused of beating John McKenna with police batons as students celebrated the men's basketball team's victory over Duke during a wild night of revelry on March 3, 2010.

Segments of the incident with McKenna were captured on video by another student from a nearby dorm window. That video shows police beating one of those students without provocation, as the student approached two officers on horseback with his hands raised. They're shown continuing to strike McKenna even after he was subdued.

The two officers were indicted last year following an FBI investigation.

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