Pr. George’s officer taped beating U-Md. student in 2010 to return to duty

February 5, 2014

A Prince George’s County police officer who was suspended after video emerged showing him beating a University of Maryland student with another officer in 2010 will return to full duty, police said.

Earlier this week, Cpl. Reginald Baker was found not guilty of two charges related to the incident by the Prince George’s police department’s internal administrative trial board, police spokeswoman Julie Parker said. Baker had faced one charge of not reporting force and one charge of using excessive force.

Baker was also acquitted in an earlier criminal trial. Criminal charges were brought against Baker and Officer James Harrison Jr. after video was released showing University of Maryland student John McKenna getting beaten as students were celebrating after a basketball game in March 2010.

Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault in the 2012 criminal trial and retired from the force.

Baker, who has been with the force for more than 20 years, was last assigned to the clothing and supply section and will return to full duty there, Parker said.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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