A Lexington police officer will face misdemeanor harassment and official misconduct charges in connection with an arrest he made last month, officials said Friday.
An investigation confirmed that officer James Norris "behaved improperly," intending to harass and intimidate a suspect during an arrest Jan. 13, according to a police department news release.
Norris was relieved of duty, with pay, as of Jan. 22, police officials said.
He is not authorized to wear his police uniform, make arrests or perform enforcement duties, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
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Norris was charged with harassment with physical contact but no injury and second-degree official misconduct.
Both charges are Class B misdemeanors.
Police did not name the suspect involved during the Jan. 13 arrest or provide information about what occurred during the arrest.
Roberts declined to say whether the suspect filed a complaint against Norris or how the incident came to the attention of police officials.
A personnel file released by police Friday afternoon showed that Norris joined the force Dec. 10, 2007, and has been assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He took classes at Midway College and Eastern Kentucky University.