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Officer Indicted in Death of Randallstown Teen

The Grand Jury for Baltimore County indicted James David Laboard in the June 13 death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown.

A Baltimore County grand jury Wednesday indicted an off-duty Baltimore County Police officer on two counts of manslaughter in the June 13 .

James David Laboard is charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown, according to a press release from Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County.

Both charges are felonies and carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years. Laboard will be arraigned within 30 to 60 days, at which time a trial date will be set, the release said.

Christopher Brown, 17, died on Wednesday, June 13, after fighting with an off-duty cop, a nine-year veteran assigned to the Wilkens Precinct, who chased him through a Randallstown neighborhood after he heard a loud bang on his front door. An autopsy found the cause of death to be asphyxiation, police said.

Baltimore County Police Department Chief Jim Johnson said Wednesday was a difficult and tragic day for the department.

“The evidence shows that at a moment during this altercation, Office Laboard stepped beyond the scope of his employment,” Johnson said in the release from the state’s attorney’s office.

Eastsider August 09, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Why doesn't GOD stop all the maddness? Things that make you go hmmmm.
FIFA August 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Only two possible answers. 1. Can't or 2. Chooses not to. Both poor choices.
Laura Jackson August 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Well, Remington lower--I hate to talk about race (I really do); because I am definitely NOT a racist. Just want to make that point perfectly clear. I'm simply stating FACTS. And, the fact IS that when Randallstown was a predominantly white, Jewish neighborhood, there was no crime; there were no police officers stationed outside of all of the schools; kids could go outside at night (and not fear that something bad might happen to them); and properties were not run down. So, yes--what I said is absolutely true. And, even today--I highly doubt you will ever see a caucasion 5 or 6-year-old outside crossing Liberty Road at 11:00 p.m. unattended by any adults. But, I personally witnessed this happening and it was a very small black child running across Liberty Road at 11:00 p.m. NO ADULTS were anywhere around this child. Just saying. So, sorry if I speak the truth. As to the "Atheists" in here that keep asking, "Why isn't God (it is capitalized, btw) stopping this? FIFA--He doesn't stop people from doing anything. He gave each person (including you) free choice to do whatever he/she wants to do. Then, come Judgement Day, He will deal with the decisions that people he created have made. So, please do NOT say that God "can't" stop the madness or saying it is a "poor choice" for Him to choose NOT to stop the madness. God can do ANYTHING He wants to do. As for you, I certainly DO pray for your soul. Hell is a very real place, and I doubt you'd want to go there.
Laura Jackson August 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Sorry--I meant to say, "Remington Lover." BTW--is it the hairdryers that you love, or the shavers? :D
Laura Jackson August 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Oh--and as for the "destruction" portion I mentioned that occurred at Liberty Theaters, I personally witnessed two black boys (with knives) being taken out of there by the Baltimore County Police. A friend of mine who knew the owner showed me the damage (cut up seats) that was done by these "boys" (both of whom were black). And, if you go into the inner city, just take a look around at the neighborhoods and the graffiti (which is destruction of property). These ARE done by gang members (most of whom ARE black). I'm not saying that all white kids are perfect. On the contrary, they also are pushed by their peers to getting into trouble with the law. So, yes--I mainly have to blame it on the parenting of any kids who wreak havoc (whether they are black, white, green or purple). It makes no difference. But, the parents SHOULD do something about it. It's just sad that most of them do not. It's THOSE people who should never have become parents in the first place. But, like I said before. God will JUDGE everyone of us. He is the ONLY Judge, in my opinion--at least, the only Judge that I care about.

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