Havre de Grace Teen Charged in Police Assault at Library

Loud music preceded the scuffle, police said.

Havre de Grace branch of Harford County Public Library, 100 N. Union Ave.
Havre de Grace branch of Harford County Public Library, 100 N. Union Ave.
A Havre de Grace teenager is facing charges after an incident at the library that caused minor injuries to an officer, police said.

The officer was on a security detail at the Havre de Grace branch of Harford County Public Library at approximately 4:45 p.m. Monday when two juveniles were playing loud music in the teen room, and he asked them to turn it down, according to a statement from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

One of the juveniles, a 15-year-old boy, began to laugh at the officer, who requested he leave the library; according to police, he left reluctantly but returned minutes later.

The officer told him to leave several times and began to escort him out when the teen pulled away and "assumed an aggressive stance towards the officer," Havre de Grace police said.

"The officer then attempted to arrest the subject for trespassing and the subject began to resist the officer," police said.

"Both the officer and the subject fell to the ground, and it took the assistance of a patron in the library to get the subject into custody," according to police.

The officer sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention, police said.

The 15-year-old was charged with assault on police, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, refusing to leave a public building and trespassing, according to the Havre de Grace Police Department.
John McGill January 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Let me guess "he is such a good boy"
James P. Miller January 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM
His grandmother needs to take him behind the wood shed.
Gerald G Bennington Jr. January 29, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Good thing I wasn't there I volunteer at that library and If I saw that I would pinned him down to the ground and have the officer putt the cuffs on him... I hate when little punk ass kids can't respect there elders
Robert Curry January 30, 2014 at 07:00 AM
"THERE" refers to a PLACE, or LOCATION, and "THEIR" is used to show POSSESION, or OWNERSHIP, these similar sounding words are NOT interchangeable, and "Spell Check" will NOT help you select the correct word! WHAT are people learning/not learning in schools these days? I spot errors such as these everyday, many coming from college educated adults! ( I am a 67 year old product of Indiana, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS, without any college degree!) If I can spot these blatant errors, WHY are their AUTHORS failing to do so? Do they rely too heavily on the COMPUTER to spot, and correct, their errors? We need to regain usage of our BRAINS!
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) January 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM
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James P. Miller January 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Thanks for pointing that out Robert. Now that this has turned into a gramer lesson, here's another. The only words that should be capitalized in the middle of sentences are proper nouns. Proper nouns include, but are not limited to, names, months, places, and days of the week. Also, title of books and articles and the like can be capitalized in the middle of sentences. One thing I learned on the internet is capitalizing equates to yelling. The biggest lesson everyone should take away from here is. It's a library, show some respect for the other patrons.
James P. Miller January 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Daniel, you sound like a stand up guy. Maybe you can sign up to be a witness and point out the real perpetrators. Helping to make the library safe and no longer needing police presence. You should not make statements like you did to people you don't know, much less put it in writing. Sorry I don’t swing that way.
Daniel Preston January 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM
James p miller, you sound like an idiot. Don't say things about ppl I don't know? None of you kno the teen who was wrongful apprehended but comments were made about him being " punk ass" kid. And you made the comment about the wood shed, so sounds like you do swing that way if you wanna take a 15 yr old boy u dont know behind a building and out of sight..... Officer Cooper was the arresting officer and he taunted and teased that boy until the boy acted up. If elders want respect they must give it, brass pass or not.
Brynn January 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM
You go Robert Curry! And THEY’RE is a contraction meaning THEY ARE. It takes a certain skill to distinguish stupidity from typo. Those you mention irritate me too. ‘Concerned’ may have English as a second language (“…the problem now in days…???”). Hdg library is run like a zoo. They need to set some rules there, like basic library etiquette. I was surprised they allow music ‘at a certain volume’ when they should require headphone/earbud use. I usually go to Aberdeen or Perryville (where they open 10am tues/thurs and the copies are cheaper). And James, capitalizing a word equates to emphasis, the entire sentence would be yelling. And you meant grammar.
James P. Miller January 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Daniel, Maybe you should ask some of your facebook friends about me.
Daniel Preston January 30, 2014 at 01:08 PM
James, I'm not scared
James P. Miller January 30, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Daniel, you have no reason to be scared. You don't know me based on some of the comments you made about me. I read the one that the editor deleted. All I pointed out is we share many of the same friends on Facebook and you could ask them. No need to name call or question my sexual preferences.
Brian January 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Given the fact that no one posting a comment here witnessed the event take place, I find it hard to place blame on either party. I know for fact through first hand experiences that A. there are young thug punks among us in Havre de Grace and B. many Havre de Grace police officers lack both maturity as well as a well rounded knowledge of a person's Constitutional rights. Taking exerts from a police officer's report that was a participant in the aggression as fact base for this story is certainly biased.


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