IMPD officer who hit Shortridge High student guilty of misconduct | #students | #parents


An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who punched a 17-year-old Shortridge High School student in 2019 has been found guilty of official misconduct and perjury in connection to the incident.

The conviction comes more than two years after Officer Robert Lawson was caught on camera striking the student outside the school Aug. 29 after police broke up a fight inside the building.

Prosecutors charged Lawson with misdemeanor battery, alleging he struck the student “without a legitimate concern for self-defense.” Lawson was also charged with felony counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and official misconduct in connection to false statements he made while reporting the altercation in official documentation. A charge of misdemeanor false informing also was filed in connection to his statements.

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