In the blistering heat, more than 100 people gathered on Friday afternoon on the steps of the old courthouse in Lancaster County to protest the recent violence that became viral on social media.
This incident occurred Thursday morning near the intersection of South Prince and West Mifflin Streets
Lancaster Police issued a statement that Sean Williams, 27, was the subject of a Thursday morning investigation after police made a phone call over one Annoying person who used a bat to beat people
Shortly after 10:15, they came into the scene and met four people, including Williams.
Police told Williams several times to sit down, but he did not agree, they said. He sat down and several officers called orders to straighten his legs before Williams pulled himself in. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 moved to cross his legs.
In the video, one can hear a woman yelling "cross now," and the police said in their one statement that the direction was to cross his legs at the ankle.
It was then that Officer Philip Bernot fired the electronic tachograph, also known as a Taser, causing the outcry of the person who witnessed and filmed. The video showed the officer installing the Taser in the back of the suspect.
Mayor Danene Sorace said on a Facebook video on Thursday that an investigation into the incident was in progress and she was worried about what she saw in the video.
During the rally Friday night, which lasted about an hour, a member of the Peace Action Network asked the crowd to rate what happened during the incident.
"I'm going to push back the idea that we can not get an accurate picture of what has happened with this camera," said Mark Temons. "We know exactly what happened."
Temons, one of seven speakers during the event, said the public report does not match what's on the video. Temons and another leader of the rally said that if someone told them to cross their legs, they would be at the knee, not at the ankle, as the police said, was their direction.
"That's what I'm going to tell the police department is moving forward," Temons said, "That's as good as it gets." When you turn up and start barking people, three or four people bark orders, people like Treating a dog is the best you can hope for. If that's not enough, please quit. "
Lancaster City Council member Ismail Smith-Wade-El also spoke and said he was proud to be there to be.
Smith-Wade-El The video showed a seated man who did not resist, but was still played on a public street, and that was not alright.
"Your elected official should get up and say, That's not okay," Smith-Wade-El said. "I'll tell you that it was very disturbing, deeply troubling, anything an elected official says every time he sees a video and is not sure how to react."
Smith-Wade-El said when these things happened The public is often asked to empathize with the police because they do not understand the situation on the part of the police.
"I'm all for empathy and compassion, but I think we're worth the same," said Smith-Wade-El. "We are not worth less, and we have to act."
Williams was present at the rally and stood silently with the family behind the crowd.
Although he did not speak during the rally, he later thanked the people who came (1
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