Officer Sentenced to House Arrest for Beating a Student

by Monty Yolles on December 17, 2012

Police Brutality

Following the University of Maryland’s 2010 victory over Duke in men’s basketball, a police officer struck a Maryland student in the head with his baton.  James Harrison claimed he was attempting to quell a riot, but evidence showed the officer’s actions were not justified.

A video of the events shown during Harrison’s criminal case led the judge to agree with the prosecution that the officer acted inappropriately.  Harrison was sentenced to a year in jail on the assault conviction.  The jail sentence was suspended and Harrison was ordered to serve one month of house arrest for his actions.

On the civil side of this case, earlier this year Prince George’s County agreed to pay about $3.6 million to 10 people who were either falsely arrested or injured by police during the post-game celebration. Approximately $2 million of the settlement will go to Harrison’s victim.

If you or a loved one suffered an unjust injury due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, you may be able to pursue monetary damages.  Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer without delay to discuss your rights and determine your next steps.

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to helping restore lives after an injury.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

As an aside, way to go Terps!

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