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Gettysburg hires experts for police review

Written by Lillian Reed/Hanover Evening Sun | Dec 9, 2015 5:08 AM
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(Gettysburg) -- Gettysburg Borough has named two investigators to conduct an independent review of the borough's police department. That review was prompted by an incident recorded by a police body camera May 12.

Robert McNeilly Jr. and Neva L. Stotler began an independent review of the department in mid-November that is still on-going, according to a Gettysburg Borough press release distributed Tuesday.

McNeilly has a background in law enforcement and Stotler has a background in litigation and personnel management, according to the release.

Gettysburg Borough Council authorized the review in October shortly after a video captured by police officer Christopher Folster's body camera was released online. Folster is seen in the video using a Taser to subdue Derek J. Twyman, who had refused orders to get out of his car. The footage then ends abruptly as the camera is knocked off of Folster.

Twyman was acquitted of resisting arrest, a success he credits to a review of the footage during his trial.

McNeilly and Stotler were approached by borough staff to conduct the review at the recommendation of the borough's labor attorney, Gretchen Love, who had a professional relationship with the experts, said Borough Manager Charles Gable on Tuesday.

The borough established an agreement with investigators that the total cost for the review will not exceed $7,500, Gable said. The funds to pay for the investigation will come from the general fund, he said.

McNeilly and Stotler will examine the May 12 incident and existing policies and procedures of the department before presenting a written report to the borough, including any recommendations if deemed appropriate, the release states.

Gable was unsure whether the report would be made public, he said, adding that he would need to check the legality of releasing the information.

McNeilly "previously served as the Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh and the Elizabeth Township located in Allegheny County. He also provides training and management consulting services for the Justice and Safety Institute of Penn State University's Police Executive (POLEX) course," the release sates.

Stotler represents public and private employers in personnel management and litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Middle districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the release states.

Folster was testing the body cameras for the department at the time the footage was captured. He is still actively employed with the department, Gable said.


This article comes to us through a partnership between the Evening Sun and WITF.

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