Assault Charges filed Against Howard County Police Officer

Charges for Assault Filed Against Police Officer
Second degree assault charges were filed against a Howard County Police Officer after a county grand jury returned an indictment this past week, reported The Baltimore Sun. The assault charges arise out of an incident on March 18 when the officer was off duty. Further details regarding the incident were not given.

Assault Charges: Definition of Assault

Assault charges can be filed where someone threatens or harms another person.

Assault in the second degree happens when one person physically injures another. The injuries can be minor or cause physical injury, but not serious or permanent injury.

Second-degree assault also includes causing a reasonable person to fear imminent physical harm. This means that even if you did not physically touch another person but you caused them to have a reasonable fear of being hurt by you, you could potentially be charged with assault.

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