Surprisingly, police initially claimed that Mr. McKenna had attacked their officers and horses, causing them "minor injuries", as they responded to reports of trouble after the game. However, the footage clearly shows he never struck out - and even tried to back away when confronted. He was right on the floor because of continuous beating. The FBI is now investigating the incident which left the 21-year-old needing eight staples to repair a head wound.
It has been reported in the media that he was also allegedly told by officers in Maryland not to make a fuss about his injuries because they would have to fill out more paperwork. Mr. McKenna was arrested and placed in the back of a police van before being taken to hospital. Charges against him have since been dropped and police chief Roberto Hylton has suspended one officer.
He said: "I was outraged. I was very disappointed at the conduct that I saw on the part of my officers on the video tape." Mr. McKenna's family said in a statement: "Some of these characters ought to go to jail, some ought to be booted off the force. "The remainder should be properly trained to discover that force is not always necessary, and brutality is always wrong."
Americans are already drawing comparisons with the beating of a black man, Rodney King, shouting racist remarks, "Got the Gorilla" in Los Angeles in 1991. The officers accused of that incident were acquitted by a jury, sparking riots across the city which left 53 people dead. It is high time America cleans it own backyard before pointing fingers on others. (Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1266003/FBI-launch-investigation-shocking-footage-police-beating-student-provokes-outrage-United-States.html#ixzz0lCikNfkr) and