Lancaster Police Investigating Officer Using Stun Gun On Man Sitting On Curb

A Pennsylvania police officer has been caught on camera instructing a suspect to sit down

Disturbing footage of a police officer using a stun gun on an unarmed black man has gone viral. An Officer Mazzante responded to an initial call in the area about a disturbance.

Organizers with Lancaster Stands Up though say it appeared Williams was complying, and they are questioning the officer's use of force.

Williams kept talking to a woman in the group and telling her he wanted his Social Security card back. Sean Williams, the 27-year-old shown in the video having the Taser used on him, was at the rally Friday night.

"Legs straight out or you're getting tased", Bernot is heard telling Williams.

"This is done as a measure of control to insure that if someone is going to flee or offer physical resistance, they will have to move their legs under them to do so", Lancaster PD said in a statement.

"Non-compliance is often a precursor to someone that is preparing to flee or fight with Officers", the LBP said in its statement. He told Williams to sit on the curb, or else get struck by a stun gun, police said.

Police say Williams refused to comply with the officer's commands.

Lancaster Online reported that Williams had an outstanding criminal warrant for his arrest for charges of public drunkenness and possession of a controlled substance. Williams then sat on the curb, facing the street. Williams was arraigned and released on an unsecured $5,000 bail. Later police admitted that no bat was found at the scene of the incident. The department characterized Williams' confusion as failing to follow instructions, and said, "The use of the ECD had the desired effect and Williams was placed into custody without further incident or use of force". Around two minutes later, Officer Philip Bernot arrived on the scene.

'They also do not give us a full understanding of a series of events; a full understanding requires a full investigation.

As of today, we are in communication with local law enforcement, the Office of the Mayor, city officials and other community stakeholders attempting to assess the facts of this case.

"We are now awaiting word related to some federal grant funds from the Department of Justice related to funding and look forward to continuing to keep the public abreast of those developments as well as the outcome of this investigation", she said.

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