KBI has yet to identify RCPD officer reportedly involved in battery

The Riley County Law Enforcement Center is located on Seth Child Road in Manhattan. (File Photo by Rachel Kamm | Collegian Media Group)

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a Riley County police officer was approached by a 27-year-old man near 15th Street and Poyntz Avenue who claimed he had been battered by a police officer. By noon, the Riley County Police Department had asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to investigate these claims. So far, the identity of the officer has yet to be discerned.

The man said he spotted an RCPD patrol car parked outside his home at 15th Street and Humboldt Street after 3 a.m. He claims that when he approached the officer, the battery began outside his residence and continued at the entrance to his home. He also reported an injury — he was treated at a local hospital.

The KBI conducted a search warrant of the area in which the alleged battery took place. Local law enforcement have cooperated with the investigation, a press release said.

Melissa Underwood, public information officer for the KBI, said she “wouldn’t want to speculate” that growing tensions across the United States following the police-involved death of George Floyd had anything to do with the matter being investigated. She said the citizen’s report is being investigated fairly and thoroughly.

The investigation is still ongoing. The KBI asks that anyone who has information related to this investigation call 1-800-KS-CRIME. Tips can also be submitted online.