"If they can get away with beating me up on national TV for doing nothing, it really makes me scared for what's going to happen to those in a dark alley when the cameras aren't shining."
A jaw-dropping decision by a Maryland circuit court judge epitomizes everything that is wrong with the 'justice' system in America today.
Former Prince George's County police officer James Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault and was given a one-year suspended sentence in December of 2012 for the brutal beating of a UMD student, which was caught on video in 2010.
Harrison only ended up serving 30 days of home confinement.
Despite being convicted of a felony Harrison was able to retire before the trial and keep his full pension. But that is not the worst of it.
This week ABC7 News reports that Judge Beverly Woodard, an Associate Judge with the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, has thrown out the conviction all together.
Now, with his felony criminal record cleared, Harrison could be a cop again.
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Jack McKenna, the student who was beaten to a pulp by Harrison and another officer for no reason at all, called the judges decision "frightening."
"It sends a message that they (the police) can do whatever they want," McKenna, now a second-year law student, said Tuesday. "If they can get away with beating me up on national TV for doing nothing, it really makes me scared for what's going to happen to those in a dark alley when the cameras aren't shining."
Harrison was convicted by a jury of his peers and sentenced. What does it say about the current state of the justice system in America if this criminal can be made into a non-criminal, literally overnight, by a judge who doesn't even have to give a reason why she did it?
According to Jon Erzen, a spokesman for the Office of the State Attorney, prosecutors were surprised at the judge's decision too. "They (jurors) said Mr. Harrison's actions were not acceptable policing and they were criminal," Erzen told ABC 7 News.
Mckenna received $2,000,000 in tax payer dollars to drop a civil suit against the Prince George's County police department but his attorney was apparently fuming after hearing this atrocious news.
"It means that police officers can think they can commit an act, a savage act of brutality, and get away with it," said lawyer Terrell Roberts.
Well apparently they can....