A trial for two Maryland police officers accused of assaulting a college student with batons during a basketball game resulted in one of the officers being found guilty of second-degree assault. Both law enforcement officers faced first- and second-degree assault and police misconduct charges for the beating, which occurred at the University of Maryland in College Park, and video showed a now 24-year-old student being struck with batons during a fight that broke out at a March 3, 2010 basketball game.
The student suffered several injuries, including a concussion, and was among 33 people arrested at the game for disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. The Maryland police officers claimed that the college student attacked them and sustained his own injuries when he was kicked by one of their horses, but the charges were dropped against the student when a video was released that contradicted these statements.
The trial took place at the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, and the jury delivered their verdict after a five day long trial. One of the officers accused of second-degree assault was found not guilty, while the other officer, a 22-year veteran of the force, was found not guilty of police misconduct but guilty of second-degree assault. Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw says both officers remain on suspension until a police administrative review.
The officer found guilty in this case will be sentenced on December 14. The penalty for second-degree assault in Maryland carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
The repercussions of being convicted for assault in Maryland may be felt for years after a sentence is served, and can do irreparable damage to one’s professional reputation as well as personal relationships. The assault defense attorneys in Prince George’s County at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you with the tenacious defense needed to defend you against your charges. Call (866) 444-6363 to see how we can assist in your case.