LAWRENCE | One of two officers suspended for allegedly fixing traffic tickets for a University of Kansas athletics department employee is no longer working for the city, Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Friday.
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The officer had a long friendship with the athletics employee and eventually fixed at least six traffic tickets in exchange for Kansas basketball tickets, Khatib said in a news release.
The officers were suspended following a May 2011 complaint that officers were involved in fixing speeding tickets in exchange for basketball tickets. The FBI investigated but decided against filing any federal charges.
The second officer remains suspended until a personnel investigation is completed. No other suspensions are expected, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
The city has said officers fixed speeding tickets for a former university employee who is now in federal prison for his role in a broader ticket scandal at the university.
Khatib said the officer who is no longer working for the department had a long-term friendship with the athletics employee.
"As part of this relationship, the commissioned employee received free, discounted or otherwise special access to certain athletic events over the several years. At some point in the relationship, the former KU Athletic Department employee requested assistance with traffic citations," Khatib said.
The chief said at least six tickets were fixed between 2000 and 2009.
"'Fixing' is defined as the voiding of an issued citation before it is transferred to Municipal Court, the request for dismissal from Municipal Court, or intervening before the citation is issued," he said.
That officer is no longer employed because the arrangement violated the city's gratuity and solicitation policies, the chief said Friday.
Khatib said a second officer was asked two or three times by the first officer to help fix a ticket and "may have been the beneficiary of KU tickets through the first employee." The other tickets were fixed by asking officers who issued or were about to issue a ticket to void it or not issue it, but those officers did not knowingly receive anything in return, he said.
The city did not release the names of the two officers Friday, but it has provided the names to District Attorney Charles Branson, who will determine if the internal investigation would affect any criminal cases in which the officers were witnesses.