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Police Officer Found Not Guilty in Road Rage Fight Resigns

The 7-year police veteran was accused of attacking a Washington Post delivery driver in the early morning hours of March 18.

Lawrence Cameron Cook, center with sunglasses facing away from the camera, leaves Howard County Circuit Court after a judge found him not guilty of second-degree assault. Credit: Andrew Metcalf
Lawrence Cameron Cook, center with sunglasses facing away from the camera, leaves Howard County Circuit Court after a judge found him not guilty of second-degree assault. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

A 7-year Howard County Police Department veteran who was found not guilty of assault in November after being accused of attacking a Washington Post delivery driver has resigned.

Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said the officer, Lawrence Cameron Cook, resigned on Jan. 1, before the conclusion of a police internal investigation. Llewellyn said Cook did not provide a reason for his resignation.

Cook, 31, of the 4900 block of Dorsey Road in Ellicott City, was charged with second-degree assault after a Washington Post delivery driver said Cook attacked him in a Giant parking lot in Ellicott City around 4:30 a.m. on March 18.

Cook and the delivery driver, Craig Kesler, 29, both testified during Cook's trial that before the incident they exchanged words while in their cars on the road. A grainy video caught the two men's interaction in the parking lot, but Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt said he couldn't make out who was who in the video.

Bernhardt found Cook not guilty after determining that Kesler's statements were inconsistent. When Bernhardt issued his ruling he said "it was disturbing" that Cook didn't try to contact police after the fight because he testified that Kesler initiated the fight with him.

Kesler said during his testimony that Cook pulled up behind him at the Giant, where he was making a delivery, approached him and threw him to the ground.

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Mike A. January 10, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I will tell you why he resigned....It is because as a public safety employee, in any jurisdiction you are guilty whether it is proven or not in court. He was strong armed forced out, probably due to the fact of an upcoming election!
J Leland January 10, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Mike A- And what facts is this comment based on?

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