Video evidence to be presented in alleged assault by off-duty Howard Co. officer

The State's Attorney's Office plans to present video surveillance footage as evidence during its prosecution of a Howard County police officer charged with assaulting a man while off-duty, State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan said Wednesday. 

Kirwan also said the March incident involving Pfc. Lawrence Cameron Cook, a seven-year veteran of the force, took place in the parking lot of a Giant located in the village of Dorsey Search in Columbia between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Cook, 31, was off-duty during the time of the incident, and has been placed on "no-duty" status with pay, with police powers suspended, according to police. Cook, of the 49900 block of Dorsey Hall Drive, was indicted in July on a second-degree assault charge. 

In July, police said they shared the investigation with the State's Attorney resulting in the indictment.

"I want Howard County citizens to have confidence that our detectives conducted a thorough criminal investigation into the allegations," a police spokesperson said in the July announcement.

Cook's trial is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Howard County Circuit Court.

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