Former St. Albans Cop charged with assault

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ST. ALBANS — A 32-year-old police officer from Cambridge was cited following an investigation into an on-duty incident that took place in February of 2019.

State police say they opened an investigation in May of 2020 at the request of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

Detectives found that while on duty, then-Cpl. Mark Schwartz responded to a report involving a man who had just broken a glass door at a bar on Main Street in St. Albans.

According to the report, Schwartz encountered Vincent Ford, who matched the description of the vandalism suspect and then deployed his Taser, striking Ford, shortly after stepping from his police cruiser.

State police worked closely with the Attorney General’s Office on the investigation.

After reviewing the state police case, the Attorney General’s Office requested that Schwartz be cited on suspicion of simple assault.

Schwartz’s attorney accepted the citation on his client’s behalf yesterday.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans.

Police say he was a member of the St. Albans City Police Department from August 2017 until he resigned in March of 2020.