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Fired Baltimore police officer acquitted of assault charges

A Baltimore police officer who was fired in 2016 has been acquitted of charges of first-degree assault.

Fabien Laronde, 42, had been ordered held without bail by a District Court commissioner in March after being charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, records show.

The State’s Attorneys Office confirmed Wednesday that Laronde had been acquitted of the charges after the parties refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

“This case involved assault allegations amongst friends,” spokeswoman Melba Saunders wrote in an email. “All refused to cooperate and invoked their 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. With their lack of cooperation, the case was virtually impossible to prove and the judge entered a verdict of acquittal.”

In charging documents, a woman alleged that she and Laronde got into a fight and that he choked, slapped and punched her, then picked her up and threw her onto the ground outside. She said a bystander called 911, and alleged that she was “covered in bruises.”

Laronde was fired by then-Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in February 2016 after a long history of misconduct allegations.

In 2015, Laronde was banned from the city courthouses after an incident in which he was caught filming a witness and a television reporter in a courthouse hallway.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton contributed to this story.

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