Howard Co. Officer Arrested For Punching Female Cop In Canton

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— A night at a Canton bar ends with an off-duty Howard County police officer in handcuffs.

Kelly McPherson has more on what happened when police tried to make the arrest.

An off-duty Howard County officer is facing assault charges after a night of drinking in Canton.

Sources tell WJZ that prior to his arrest at 2 a.m. Sunday, 23-year-old Casey Lechter—a probation officer in Howard County for more than a year—was partying with friends and drinking alcohol.

Baltimore City police say he and Kary Williams created a rowdy scene on O’Donnell Street just as bars were closing, screaming that they hated cops.

A uniformed, on-duty city female officer tried to arrest Williams when Lechter punched her in the back of the head.

“They’re supposed to be held to a higher standard and that’s unacceptable,” said Linnette Martinez. “And we’ve been seeing that lately coming up more and more, so it’s very troubling.”

People who were there at 2 a.m. say that the square essentially shut down. The streets were filled with ambulances and cop cars.

“It’s a bad thing to hear about, and it’s a bad thing for the community, and it’s awful,” said Michelle Bollino.

Police say Lechter and Williams both resisted arrest. Lechter was yelling that he was a cop, Williams was flailing his body and spraying blood on several officers from a wound on his head.

A passerby even helped pin Lechter down onto a parked car until other city officers arrived.

“This area is very exclusive and it’s really sad that this would happen here,” Martinez said.

“Everybody’s peaceful and then you throw a couple of bad apples, the police come down here to try to break everything up and it causes a rough time,” said Josh.

Howard County police say Lechter has been suspended.

Williams and Lechter have been charged with assault and resisting arrest. They will be in court later this month.

  • this guy

    I agree with you, Herman. I’m just surprised he didnt pull his gun. Ha

  • Hmmm, yeah.

    That comment is completely ignorant and (this guy), you’re a complete moron for agreeing with it. Police officer provide a valuable service daily. Yes, form time to time, some cops do make pathetic choices and should be punished swiftly. However, those number of officers are less than 1%. The average officer wakes up daily, serves his community honorably, and sacrifices his life. Without those that serve (The military, police, and fire), we’d be a third world country. Look at the big picture and think before you speak.

    • joyce dorsey

      We all know about the good officers. We are talking about the ones like the above article. How about the officers that come to your house, who were not dispatched to come to your house. . You have a parade of cars trying to over shine the ones who were dispatched. The original one have to apologize for their unethical behavior as an Officer of the law and totally disrespect your home.

  • bluescorpion

    my son’s a cop. Everyday I pray that he makes right decisions and arrives safely home to his family

    • joyce dorsey

      Do not disrespect your son by calling him a cop. He is an Officer of the Law and so is my brother . We send the same prayer for him. and his fellow Officer of the Law

      • workingman

        joyce your worried about that! the term cop comes from when there badges were made from copper .hence the term copper /cop this officer of the law/cop is out there punchin women /cops in the face!!! what do you have to say about that????

      • JQP

        working man, the etymology of the term “cop” begins in England, where the police wore uniforms with copper buttons. they were called “coppers”, which Americans, naturally, shortened it to “cops”…. sorry, i just like to be clear.

  • sven

    Someone needed to remind Officer Casey Lechter your not in Kansas, errr I mean Howard County anymore, where Howard County PD, errr I mean the Good Ole Boys Club can do whatever they please. A probationary cop only initiates what he is taught. Out there in Howard County them cops beat on everybody, man, woman and children. Heck they’ll kick in your door and shot your dog for good measure.

    • Tank

      The article states “has been a probation officer for over a year” implying that he worked for the Corrections Department as a probation officer. Otherwise, he is a sworn law enforcement officer-new hires are hired on a probationary status meaning that within the first year, they can be fired without cause. Another example of a poorly written article: either the facts are incorrect or there was a deliberate decision to write the article in an inflammatory manner. There is a big difference between LEO and probation/parole officers

  • E Stewart

    It’s widely known that the qualifications for new prospects in many police departments in the area have been compromised. Economic realities have dictated such ‘necessities’. The cost of protecting the citizenry has in some instances been given priority over the quality of that protection. Similar fates have befallen education, fire fighting, medical care, etc. From lower standards come inferior products, or in this case, service.

    • joyce dorsey


  • Rob

    We ARE third world, look around! As for Canton
    “Exclusive???” that’s the best laugh I’ve had in years! You’re no more than an edge of Fells Point (bowery) for gutless aging yuppies!

    • Bernie

      You sound envious dic head.

    • Billiam

      Rob – you are clueless. Take it somewhere else in your life. Canton is flourishing – I grew up there as a child in the late 60’s and the area is now a great place to be. Yes, there have been a few crimes, but a hell of a lot less than downtown Baltimore, west Baltimore or North Baltimore. You’ll have your rowdies anywhere – unfortunately this one got out of hand and made the news, as it should have. Don’t throw Canton under the bus – the people there take pride in their homes and establishments. The parking leaves a little to be desired, but it’s a great place to be.

  • CitizenG

    Police officer…..probation officer…it makes no difference! Everyone is accountable for their actions in public. Especially when decent people visits an establishment for leisure and fun. If you don’t know how to conduct yourself sensibly in public…stay home! I feel that probation officer should be charged and discipline like any other person who don’t know how to conduct himself in public….and had the gull to hit a female…regardless if she is an officer…is highly unacceptable. Especially with him being a probation officer inter-acting with law-breakers on probation…is unequivacable unacceptible! The law is the law for everyone!

  • Law1


  • LAW1

    Let me set things straight. First i am in The LE feild and the truth of the matter is this for all you self righteous Police officers who dont wanna reveal the truth. It USED to be that Police were honarable and upstanding. The truth is today the majority of officers are messing up and its just now coming to light. The spot light has turned to public servants and now its being exposed. Some of the things that go on everyday in diffrent jurisdictions are terrible from the western counties to the eastern shore its more than 1%. I challenge any officer to disagree

  • Darrius

    Lol y’all too funny

  • jas

    I was right there and saw the wholeeeee thing. it was bad.

    • marylandbrowngirl

      who was at fault? exactly what happened?

  • Phong

    They should Not Drink and Drive and they should follow The Laws!!!! Thing they do So do we , But anyone could get Trouble for what we did wrong !!!???!!! How can they do that without Trouble…Drink and Drive???? This could caused more Seriously Injured someones else…..!!! Or could be Killed!!!!

  • Don

    The headlines lead one to believe that the “officer” was a police officer.
    Very poor reporting on the part of WJZ. Many city and county employees
    can be called officer, however, that does not mean that they are police
    officers. Again very poor and misleading headlines on the part of WJZ.

  • James

    What a tough guy.

  • Brandt

    This guy and his buddy are obviously punks. That being said it appears they are also veterans, or at least one of them is, and while every American should thank them for their service, a lot of these guys come back from the military and apply to join a police force and don’t seem to understand that they are now civil servants, not combat soldiers and they have a tough time making that transition. They should have more screening for former military before letting them into civil service like law enforcement

  • chris

    this is what happens when crackers start to drink, they dont know how to handle there liqour

    • pigeon


      • ha ha

        *see story re: Bourban Street* for further details about non-crackers maintaining decorum while drinking. cheers!

      • Billiam


  • Mark

    Okay, is it just me or is anyone else suspicious that Williams was cut on the head so profusely that “flailing… blood was everywhere” but the story never mentioned why? Maybe the officer’s were being jerks, but that is what the first amendment is about, being allowed to say “jerkish” things and not being harassed by the government. I think that more will come out over this story in the future…. but I’ve been wrong about things before.

  • zeeke

    this officer may suffer from wyatt earp syndrome. he was issued a badge and abused his authority. this officer needs to be treated for his problem like any other citizen and given a second chance with strict guidlines. no second chance. he just drank his last drink.

    • Devils Advocate

      Probation Officers don’t have guns and badges… their only weapons are pens and paper they are not law enforcement officers….

  • Doug

    We never got into a fight just smoking pot.
    Then again a bully is a bully.
    A lot of cops are the X school bully’s,who couldn’t find a better job.

  • Steve

    They should ban the F.O.P. stickers they put on personal vehicles. Then you couldn’t tell they are the worst drivers on the road. Tell me WHY a Transit cop turns on lights to go through traffic light in SEVERNA PARK. NOWHERE near any toll facilities. Officers used to deserve “Respect” But, too many set poor examples. Drunks, spouse abusers, druggers. Because we can’t understand the “Stress”.

    • MLN

      As a former police officer, now in my second career. I have to say you are right on a few points. Its very sad. But there are thousands of officers that do the right things every day. Just keep that in mind. To throw such a wide net on all LE officers is wrong. MOST LE Officers really do the job, for all of the right reasons~! And until you walk in their shoes- NO ONE has the right to judge all.

      • I'm Just Saying

        don’t you love how is ok for the general public to form an opinion about police officer which may i mention yet again this person is not a police officer he is a probation officer … anyway back to the point the general public can hate on cops because of the actions of few yet if you hate on someone of a different race because of the actions of few you are a racist… hummm something’s wrong with this picture…

  • whatnow

    The economy isn’t the reason we have less honorable people in these positions. You used to have to take a psychology test and be a certain height. But that was deemed inequitable by the courts after suits from the ACLU.

  • Joe

    Since the “story” created by the female officer is completely lacking in any detail of how Williams suffered severe bleeding, there is an obvious massive black hole in it. Which parts were FABRICATED?

    “flailing his body and spraying blood on several officers from a wound on his head.” He was using his wound and blood as a squirt gun? Come on.

    For everyones sake, I hope there is video of this incident. Its ridiculous to think she could

    1. determine who in a large crowd said f the police. and
    2. that a cop would punch another cop in the back of the head.

    I wonder if the entire crowd will collaborate this story.

    • chris

      i am just glad this time a white person got beat up and police brutality was used on them. he deserved to get clobbered in the head, thats his dumbness for continuiing to run his mouth. he drank too much and got beat up so good for them

      • pigeon

        You need to go back and read the story again – you certainly are making mistaken comments about what happened and to whom.

      • Claire

        Chris, get an education please. You are naive if you think police brutality only happens to minorities. Incase you have forgotten to open your eyes, our country is filled with several different races all of which are fully capable of being prejudice.

    • Claire

      Joe- apparently someone did get pictures of the incident, thankfully. The police officers threatened to arrest the person who was taking pictures if they did not stop so they went over to the other side of the street. My husband is good friends with Casey, they are both veterans of Afghanistan. I will be praying for my friend that justice is served and he does not lose his career over it, he does not deserve it one bit. I do not see him as the type of person who would ever hit a woman. It is so frustrating and infuriating to see the media only tell one side of this story. We were celebrating his birthday on Saturday night, his girlfriend was sweet enough to throw him a surprise party. That was the first time I met his family and they were all lovely people. We had left before all of this stuff allegedly happened, so I am not sure exactly how it went down.. only what I have heard through my husband.

    • Claire M

      And yea – the reason he was bleeding profusely was because multiple officers apparently attacked him, causing injury that was so severe he had to go to John Hopkins.

    • molly douglas

      Joe, thank you for saying something sensible. There is just so much lacking in the story. How did Williams get injured in the first place?

  • sezmane

    Why does everyone insult each other it’s just dialogue on an open forum but its’ people use this to express unwarranted comments. You feel how you feel fine but be diplomatic people remember IP addresses can be traced!!!

    • chris

      okay you said all of that to say what. somebody is going to trace me down and come beat me up. shut up you sound stupid

  • sezmane

    Chris chris chris hopefully your not at work!

    • chris

      are you at work suzanne

      • ChuckB

        Chris, what’s your problem? Do you have to pull the race card in every comment you post?

  • pigeon

    He is NOT a cop (proper terminology is police officer) – he is a probation officer – media needs to use proper wording – any way you look at the picture, he was in the wrong – guess it may have something to do with the company he keeps day in and day out. I see where his picture shows him in combat gear; perhaps he needs assistance in getting over any tour of duty he may have had outside of the USA. Someone needs to assist him. Howard County prides themselves highly, well now is the time to step forward and give this young man the help he needs!

    • Claire M

      The company he keeps day in and day out? He has amazing parents and a girlfriend who is about to graduate college.. he doesn’t do drugs and obviously isn’t a delinquent if he is a police officer. My husband is in the Marines with him and they did see some crazy stuff in Afghanistan – my husband has a Purple Heart to prove it. But none of them are troubled or “bad seeds.” None of them would ever lay a hand on a woman.. and Casey is no exception to that! He is a good, laid back guy and the media is just doing what it does best: tell the most interesting side of the story. None of the guys seem troubled from their tour, and they go through counseling once they get home to make sure they are okay. The Baltimore City officers are fabricating what they can so that the excessive force they used seems necessary.
      In order to enter the academy you have to have an extensive background check done as well as many other things that check for character. When another friend was in the academy, he told me someone was dropped because he was racist. Obviously, you have to display outstanding character to make it through the academy.

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