Lawsuit filed over Lancaster police stun gun incident

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2018 7:17 AM
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(Lancaster)  -- A man who was shocked by a police officer's stun gun while sitting on a curb in Lancaster has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the city's police department.

27-year-old Sean Williams claims in his lawsuit filed Monday that he was racially profiled and Lancaster officer Philip Bernot used excessive force in the confrontation that was captured on video.

Officers encountered Williams after responding to a call of a man with a bat who was chasing people in the city last Thursday.

Officers did not find a bat.

Williams says he followed all directions, and doesn't know why he was shocked.

No bat was recovered.

Police say Williams refused to comply with the officer's commands before he was shocked, but Williams says he followed all directions.

He is seeking $75,000 in damages.

Lancaster Police have not responded to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

An estimated 200 people rallied last Friday on the Lancaster County Courthouse steps to protest the incident.

Mayor Danene Sorace has said she was upset by the video, and an investigation into the officer's use of force is ongoing.


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