“The Baltimore County Police Department respects the decision of the jury in this case. Officers of the law are entitled to the same due process as any other citizen. In this case, a jury has found Officer [Laboard] not guilty on all charges, and as a result he will return to a paid status effective immediately. Officer [Laboard] will remain suspended pending the outcome of the department’s review of this case and will be assigned to administrative duties.”
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Officer James Laboard was found not guilty on Thursday in the death of a Baltimore County teen.
Laboard was indicted last year on manslaughter charges in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown following a chase and ensuing struggle after youths threw rocks at his Randallstown home while he was off-duty.
Laboard was in his home on June 13, 2012, when he heard a loud noise, went outside to investigate and found his front door damaged. He spotted a handful of people running away from the scene.
Laboard chased the group for several blocks before catching up and struggling with brown.
Police said Laboard called for help when the teen lost consciousness.
Brown was later pronounced dead at a hospital and his death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.
The defense rested on Thursday without calling LaBoard to the stand.
Shortly before 3 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon, the jury announced a not guilty verdict on manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter charges.