Howard Co. police officer accused of assault resigns

The Howard County police officer who was accused and acquitted of assaulting a man in an off-duty incident last year resigned Jan. 1 during the department's internal investigation, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Lawrence Cameron Cook, 31, of the 4900 block of Dorsey Road in Ellicott City, was found not guilty of second-degree assault in November in Howard County Circuit Court in connection with an off-duty incident that occurred in the early morning hours the day after St. Patrick's Day in 2013. 

Cook was accused of assaulting a Washington Post newspaper delivery person in the parking lot of the Giant located in the Dorsey's Search Village Center, which is located in the 49900 block of Dorsey Hall Drive in Columbia.

Cook was found not guilty by Judge Richard Bernhardt, who reviewed video evidence presented by the prosecution from the scene.

Cook, who was a seven-year veteran of the force, was placed on no-duty status with pay and police powers suspended after being indicted in July. At the conclusion of the court case, Cook was to remain on no-duty status until an internal investigation was concluded.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Cook resigned before the investigation was concluded. 

This story has been updated.

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