FBI agents interview Prince George's officers about beating at University of Maryland

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 2, 2010; 10:47 PM

FBI agents descended on the homes of several Prince George's County police officers Thursday night to interview them about the March incident in which three officers were videotaped beating an unarmed University of Maryland student during a raucous celebration after a basketball game, the police chief confirmed.

Chief Roberto L. Hylton said one of his deputy chiefs informed him Thursday night that FBI agents were knocking on the doors of a "large number of officers" to interview them about the events that led to the March 3 beating of student John J. McKenna. Hylton said that as far as he knew, no one had been arrested.

Maj. Andrew Ellis, the public affairs commander for county police, said agents planned to talk to as many as 40 officers Thursday night and Friday morning.

It has long been known that the FBI was among those investigating the incident, but Thursday night's action shows that the case might be coming to a head. Three officers linked to the beating remain on suspension or desk duty.

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