Suits against officers settled for $500,000

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2014 12:50 PM

(York) -- Two people who accused police officers in York County of using excessive force are to receive $250,000 each in lawsuit settlements.

Springettsburgy Township manager John Holman says the settlement with plaintiffs Debra Williams and Steven Landis includes dismissal of suits against individual officers.


Plaintiffs' attorney Devon Jacob said the settlement only involves the township and the suits remain active against York County.

Landis alleged that his August 2012 arrest left him with five broken ribs. Williams alleged that she was punched during an April 2011 arrest.

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney last fall declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers.

Jacob said the settlement also requires the township to review its practices in dealing with the mentally ill and those with disabilities and in using stun guns.

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