Cop Accused of Punching Cop Outside Bar

Sunday, Apr 3, 2011  |  Updated 4:46 PM EDT
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Cop Accused of Punching Cop Outside Bar

Howard County police confirmed that 23-year-old Officer Casey Lechter.was arrested Sunday morning.

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A Howard County police officer was arrested after allegedly punching a female officer outside a bar in a popular Baltimore nightlife district, authorities said.

Howard County police confirmed in a statement that 23-year-old Officer Casey Lechter was arrested at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning and charged with assault on police, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.

Lechter is a probationary officer who's been on the force since August. He's been suspended pending an investigation.

A police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows that Lechter punched the female officer in the head outside Coburn's Tavern as she was handcuffing another man, Kary Williams.

According to court records, officers were attempting to disperse a crowd at Canton Square in the 2900 block of ODonnell St. at 2 a.m. when someone yelled "[Expletive] the police," who the officer believed to be Casey Robert Lechter. Another man, Kary Williams, said he was the person who made the statement, and the officer told him to leave the area, according to records.

He refused, and the officer told him he was under arrest, officers wrote. While she was placing handcuffs on him, she said Lechter punched her in the head from behind and pushed her away. Police records say a private citizen grabbed Lechter and pinned him against a parked vehicle as additional officers arrived at the scene to help.

The report shows Lechter identified himself as a police officer but continued to resist arrest.

Williams will also face charges for his role in the melee, police said.

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