A group of protesters gathered on Friday evenings on the steps of an old courthouse in southern Pennsylvania, one day after a social media video showed a local official using a taser on an unarmed black man on a sidewalk.
Dozens of demonstrators outside the Lancaster County Courthouse demanded an end to police brutality and an external investigation into the use of force by the police officer.
"I think there needs to be more police accountability to the community," said one of the protesters, Brandon Roe from Lancaster County, ABC's WHTM subsidiary. "It shows only the solidarity figures that this movement has, that we need more respect for the rights of the people, the rights of the defendants, the rights of our communities to be treated with respect."
"It's not okay for some people to treat people differently than others," said another demonstrator, Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck from nearby Fayette County, opposite WHTM. "If it's a systematic problem, I think there has to be a systematic response."
Sean Williams, the 27-year-old shown in the video using the Taser, was at the rally on Friday night. He refused to speak to reporters in front of the camera, but thanked the media for being there, according to WTM.
The widespread video of the incident, taken by a spectator, shows at least two police officers ordering Williams to sit on a sidewalk in Lancaster. Williams corresponds.
The officers repeatedly tell Williams to put his legs "straight ahead" in front of him.
"Get your legs straight or you'll go crazy," a male officer standing behind Williams can be heard in the video, drawn with his taser.
"Now put your legs straight and cross them now," shouts an officer.
Williams seems to follow the orders of the officers by stretching his legs, but then he folds them back. Then the male officer fires his taser.
Williams writhes painfully on the floor, with Taser's arrow-like probes attached to his back. The male officer then orders Williams to stay flat on his stomach with his "arms like a plane".
Then more officers come on stage and Williams is handcuffed.
According to the police report, the meeting with Williams An emergency call center received on Thursday morning, the message that a man "with a bat" for a group of three other people was gone.
Lancaster police officer Shannon Mazzante responded to the call and came upon a group of three people who said "tell a man to get away from them," the report said.
Mazzante told the man identified by the police as Williams to sit "several times", but he did not obey. Williams would not leave a woman in the group alone and "repeated that he wanted a certain item, his social security card, from her," says the report.
Lancaster Police Officer Philip Bernot came on the scene shortly thereafter, warning Williams that if he did not listen to their orders, a taser would be used.
"Williams has been instructed to straighten his legs in front of him and to cross his ankles, which is done as a control measure to make sure that if someone wants to escape or physically resist, he has to move, they are often the harbinger from someone who prepares to flee or fight with officers, "the report said.
The report said Bernot unfolded the Taser after Williams "could not follow instructions". Williams was then detained "without further incident or use of force," the report said.
The group that allegedly told Williams to go away told the police they knew him and he "had shown increasingly unpredictable behavior in recent days." They said Williams used to be in front of a residence and wanted to fight with them. But the group said they did not see Williams with a bat, and no bat was found at the scene, the report said.
Juan Almestica, the viewer who recorded the video, told ABC News that he had gone to his house after a tumult. Almestica said the man had his hands up and told the police, "I do not want trouble."
"I could see that the policeman was still aggressive with him and aimed his Taser, so I decided to start filming," Almestica said in a telephone interview to ABC News on Friday. "One of the officers tells him to stretch his legs and another tells him to cross his legs, so many people screamed, he did not know what to do, then they asked him because they were said he did not listen. "
After arresting Williams, the police learned that there was an extraordinary arrest warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness. According to the police report, Williams was arrested and taken to the police station.
Williams was audited by medical emergency services "as is" whenever using an electronic control device, the police report said. He was later released on unsecured $ 5,000 bail.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace said an investigation into the incident is under way.
"Like you, when I saw the video, I was upset about it and it's very important to me," Sorace said in a video posted on her Facebook page on Friday. "We take the use of violence very seriously, there is an investigation that has already begun."
ABC News & # 39; Enjoli Francis, Fergal Gallagher, Michael Kreisel and Dominick Proto have contributed to this report.