Officer Gabriel Slaybaugh faces battery, official misconduct charges

Arrest prompted excessive force complaint

LAWRENCE, Ind. - A Lawrence police officer faces charges of battery and official misconduct months after an arrest that prompted an excessive force complaint.

Officer Gabriel Slaybaugh, a seven-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave shortly after the arrest in August.

A police report from the August incident indicated that Slaybaugh arrested a shoplifting suspect at the Walmart in the 10000 block of Pendleton Pike.

"When Officer Slaybaugh arrived and attempted to take him to the ground to cuff the subject, the subject … resisted and tried to stop Officer Slaybaugh from cuffing him by pulling his arms and hands away," read part of the police report from the August incident.

The man who was arrested was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital for treatment, the police report indicated.

"This was an isolated incident and should not reflect on the members of the Lawrence Police Department and their professionalism and dedication they exhibit each and every day," Lawrence Police Chief Michael Walton said. "The men and women of this department do not condone inappropriate conduct and will continue to serve and protect the residents and visitors of the city of Lawrence."

Walton declined to release additional information about the investigation.

Slaybaugh was previously suspended in 2007 after he arrested a man who shouted profanities at him.

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