Lawrence police department conducting internal investigation after officer reports misconduct

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Lawrence Police Department says they are conducting an internal investigation after another officer reported an instance of misconduct.

Police say on August 16, a Lawrence Police Officer was made aware of physical force used by another officer that he believed may be in violation of department policy.

According to the Lawrence police chief, Traik Khatib, the officer immediately reported the information to his direct supervisor while on the scene. Police say the supervisor reviewed the circumstances surrounding the incident and notified his command of a potential use of force policy violation.

The following day the Office of Professional Accountability was notified and began an internal investigation, and the officer allegedly responsible for the misconduct was placed on administrative leave. The Lawrence Police Department also contacted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and requested that it conduct an independent investigation to determine if any criminal activity had occurred.

About a week later the Office of Professional Accountability completed their investigation. On the same day the officer resigned from the department. The officer's resignation became effective on Aug. 30.

"The Lawrence Police Department works continuously to ensure, and expects, that actions taken by officers are in line with the policies of the department, state law, as well as the high expectations of the community," the department said in a news release. "In this instance, we do not believe the actions of the officer met those expectations. The Lawrence Police Department is committed to providing professional police service and remaining accountable."