Philadelphia officer sues city of Lancaster alleging wrongful police citation

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2017 9:31 AM

(Lancaster) -- A Philadelphia police officer has sued the city of Lancaster and two of its officers, saying they cited him for disorderly conduct in retaliation for an Internet video that doesn't support their version of events.

55-year-old Officer Sterling Staton filed the federal lawsuit against Lancaster on July 20.

Staton contends two Lancaster officers responded to a fight call at a park where he was attending a family function in May 2016.

He says video shows there was no fight when police arrived and that he identified himself as an off-duty officer to the officers.

The lawsuit contends the officers cited Staton for disorderly conduct because the video was posted online.

The disorderly conduct conviction was reversed on appeal.

Lancaster officials say they've referred the lawsuit to their insurer.

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