Balto. Co. police union head gets probation in assault charge

The head of the Baltimore County police union has had his police powers restored after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges in Circuit Court this week.

Sgt. Cole B. Weston had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative duties soon after he was charged in late March with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with an altercation with another man in Parkville.

Police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton said that after an administrative hearing at the Police Department this week, Weston's police powers were restored. She said an investigation by the department "continues to determine what if any disciplinary action" might be taken.

A court record shows that Weston, 49, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree assault charge on Monday. He was sentenced to probation before judgment, which under Maryland law allows a defendant to avoid a conviction if he satisfactorily completes probation. Eventually, he can ask a judge to expunge the record.

Weston received three years of unsupervised probation, and was ordered to continue treatment at the Towson Addiction Center. The second charge, reckless endangerment, was dropped, the record shows.

Weston could not be reached for comment.

A police report on the incident that occurred in Parkville near Weston's home on the night of March 23 showed that a sedan driver accused Weston of assaulting him while he was waiting in his car for a customer to pay a fare. The driver said Weston, who was off duty at the time, pointed a gun at him and struck him in the face.

Weston, who has been a police officer since 1984, is president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, which represents more than 2,900 active and retired officers, according to the organization's website.

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