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Lawrence police officer shoots man following struggle after traffic stop

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Police say a man was shot during a traffic stop by at least one police officer after the stop escalated into a confrontation. (KCTV5) Police say a man was shot during a traffic stop by at least one police officer after the stop escalated into a confrontation. (KCTV5)
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Police say a man was shot during a traffic stop by at least one police officer after the stop escalated into a confrontation.

An officer with the Lawrence Police Department, assigned to a special seatbelt enforcement initiative, conducted a traffic stop about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of West Sixth Street for an observed seatbelt violation. 

The driver was contacted and the reason for the stop was explained. Shortly after the stop, a second officer arrived on scene. Once the additional officer arrived, the driver, who was uncooperative, was lawfully detained and repeatedly instructed to exit the vehicle but failed to comply.

The driver resisted arrest and a struggle ensued. One officer was battered and knocked to the ground where the physical struggle continued.

While the driver continued to batter the officer, the backing officer fired a single shot, striking the driver.

The driver was taken into custody and officers rendered first aid until medical personnel arrived on scene. The driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he remains in stable condition.

Officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave, per Lawrence Police Department policy, pending the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is reminded to contact Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 785-843-0250.

The Black Lives Matter organization issued a statement following the shooting. They say the man who was shot is a black male. 

Statement: 

We are following the story of black man that was gunned down by Lawrence Police Department this afternoon and taken to Stormont Vail for treatment.

Our hearts and support are with him and his family regardless of the circumstances surrounding the shooting, because we know that we are targets. We know that the grace extended to non-black citizens involved in altercations with law enforcement does not extend to us.

As we await the imminent and predictable tidal wave of pro-law enforcement rhetoric about to flood our community (online and otherwise), coupled with what will undoubtedly be a demonization of BLM and other justice organizations, please stay awake to the weaponization of this rhetoric. As we have experienced time and time again, the byproduct of any criticism of law enforcement are violence and threats of violence aimed at people of color and our allies.

In this moment, Lawrence has the opportunity to live their solidarity, and find ways to actively love and protect the marginalized members of this community. In this moment, Lawrence has the opportunity to stand up against a system that systematically removes black and brown people from society. Whether by marginalization, incarceration, or death, black and brown people live a reality of danger every day. If you are quicker to say "cooperate with police and you won't get shot" than you are to say "traffic infractions are not death sentences," you need to reevaluate.

We are here and we are watching and we will not be silent in the face of injustice. If you have more information or eyewitness accounts of the shooting, feel free to message us."

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