25 Investigates: Lawrence Police Captain on leave for use of force

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Lawrence Police Captain Michael Mangan has been suspended, according to a spokesperson for Lawrence Mayor Brian A. DePena. The spokesperson released a one-sentence statement.  It reads, “Lawrence Police Department Captain Michael Mangan is on paid administrative leave as of May 8, 2023, pending an investigation into recent on-duty conduct.”

Two sources told 25 Investigates the city is reviewing the actions Mangan took with a detainee in the basement booking area of the police department. Mangan is seen on video knocking the detainee to the ground, according to sources who have viewed the video. One source said a lawyer representing the detainee has been provided a copy of the video.

25 Investigates has learned the incident happened in March.  Mayor DePena’s Office has not said why Captain Mangan was not placed on leave immediately after it happened.  The mayor’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for a copy of the video.

According to the department’s website, Mangan is a 20-year member of the police force and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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