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8:27, 08 July 2018

Officer Who Fired Stun Gun at Unarmed Black Man Will Not Be Suspended


Officer Who Fired Stun Gun at Unarmed Black Man Will Not Be Suspended

Officer Who Fired Stun Gun at Unarmed Black Man Will Not Be Suspended

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A video posted on Facebook shows a Lancaster, Pa., police supply firing a stun gun at Sean D. Williams&rsquos back. The police stated Mr. Williams did not straighten his legs soon after the officer, Philip Bernot, had repeatedly asked him to.

By Christina Caron

A Pennsylvania police officer who was recorded making use of a Taser on an unarmed black man in a extensively shared video will not be fired or suspended, officials said.

Danene Sorace, the mayor of Lancaster, Pa., acknowledged at a news conference on Friday that some members of the neighborhood would find the decision &ldquoextremely upsetting.&rdquo

&ldquoSo who is accountable?&rdquo she asked. &ldquoI am. I am accountable, as mayor, for current policies, procedures, coaching, hiring practices and more. It&rsquos on me.&rdquo

The episode, which took spot on June 28, remains below investigation by the police and the prosecutor&rsquos workplace. Preliminary findings showed that the officer complied with use of force and Taser policies, which let an officer to use force when a suspect fails to respond to multiple verbal commands, Ms. Sorace mentioned.

Hundreds of individuals attended a rally the next day to protest the officer&rsquos actions.

Officer Bernot could not be reached for comment on Saturday, but the Lancaster City Bureau of Police described in a statement what occurred in the moments ahead of.

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Danene Sorace, the mayor of Lancaster, Pa., addressing her constituents on Facebook on the day that Sean Williams was shot by a Taser.Creditthrough Reuters

Officers stopped Mr. Williams right after getting a 911 contact about a man with a baseball bat, the police said. When 1 of the officers arrived, there was no bat to be discovered, but the officer saw three men and women telling Mr. Williams to get away from them, the statement stated.

The officer told Mr. Williams &ldquoseveral occasions&rdquo to sit down and he refused to comply, the police mentioned. Rather, he kept asking a woman in the group to give back his Social Safety card.

A couple of minutes later, Officer Bernot arrived and instructed Mr. Williams to sit on the curb, the police stated. The group of folks later told the police that Mr. Williams had exhibited &ldquoerratic behavior&rdquo and &ldquowanted to fight.&rdquo

The police stated Mr. Williams was identified to have an outstanding criminal warrant for possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness. He was arraigned and released on $5,000 bail.

One of Mr. Williams&rsquos lawyers, Brian R. Mildenberg, mentioned on Saturday that it was &ldquooutrageous&rdquo Officer Bernot would not be &ldquoremoved from the streets&rdquo pending an investigation, and that the commands Mr. Williams received from the officers had been inconsistent.

&ldquoOn behalf of my client, I reiterate our respectful demand that this police officer be suspended pending this investigation,&rdquo Mr. Mildenberg said. &ldquoHe was completely peaceful and compliant and there was completely no purpose to use violence upon his particular person.&rdquo

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Published at Sun, 08 Jul 2018 02:51:30 +0000


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