Baltimore Co. police officer acquitted in death of teen

TOWSON — A jury has found a Baltimore County police officer not guilty of charges in the death of a teenager with whom the officer struggled after the youth allegedly threw a rock at his house.

The jury found James Laboard not guilty of manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter Thursday. Laboard had been charged in the June 13, 2012 death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown.

Police have said Laboard was off duty and at his Randallstown home when he heard a noise, went outside and found his front door damaged. Authorities said Laborad chased Brown, and when he caught up with him, a struggle ensued.

An assistant medical examiner testified that Brown died of asphyxia.

Prosecutors claimed that Laboard used excessive force. But Laboard’s defense attorney said his client did not intentionally kill Brown.

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