Kansas officer accused of injuring skateboarder resigns

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An Lawrence police officer who has been accused of fracturing a skateboarder’s elbow during an arrest has resigned.

The Lawrence Journal World reports that Brad Williams’ resignation took effect Jan. 6. Police spokesperson Patrick Compton did not indicate a reason for the resignation.

Williams arrested 45-year-old Duc Tran, of Lawrence, after encountering him skateboarding in the street in June 2019. The case against Tran’ later was thrown out, and his attorney alleges excessive force.

A notice of claim sent to the city in September says that Tran suffered a fractured elbow, dislocated right shoulder, a chipped tooth, bruising and lacerations, emotional distress and more. It sought monetary damages of $3 million.

The Tran case also brought to light that another defense attorney had accused Williams and another former police officer of falsifying some details in their reports and testimony in an unrelated Lawrence Municipal Court case.

However, Interim Police Chief Anthony Brixius said last year that the department’s internal investigation had cleared Williams of wrongdoing in that case.

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