LKPD responded to the 1600 block of W. 15th St. Monday evening for what was initially reported as a trespassing in progress.
Officers encountered several hundred individuals gathered outside a KU fraternity house engaged in protest.
LKPD, along with members from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and KU Public Safety maintained a law enforcement presence in the area for the duration of the protest to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
No arrests were made, and no injuries were reported.
We are aware of social media reports that claim LKPD used OC (pepper) spray on protestors in attendance. This was done by private security personnel in advance of police arrival.
We are also aware of an incident involving a possible sexual assault near campus over the weekend. In order to protect the privacy of victims, we do not comment or provide details about sexual assault incidents or their associated investigations.
We take allegations of sexual assault very seriously. Part of the trauma-informed process utilized by the Lawrence Kansas Police Department focuses on empowering survivors by allowing them time and space to make their own decisions. We encourage anyone who is a victim or has knowledge of a sexual assault to call us at 785-832-7509.