Lancaster’s Mayor’s Office releases District Attorney’s memo on taser incident

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The Lancaster’s Mayor’s Office has released a memo from District Attorney Craig Stedman to Lancaster City Police regarding the taser incident earlier this summer. 

This comes just a few hours before the city holds the first of several public meetings to help improve police relations with the community. 

In the memo, Stedman recommended policy changes for when officers use tasers.

Stedman says two officers on the scene were given confusing commands to Sean Williams. 

Williams was sitting on a sidewalk, unarmed, when he was tasered. 

Stedman says the use of a taser in this situation, while not criminal in nature, was not the correct choice.

Stedman says current policies allow far too much officer’s discretion for using a taser, particularly when a suspect is being detained, as opposed to being arrested. 

He believes the policy failures contributed to the incident, but adds the officer did not intend to violate policy, so he will not be charged. 

Tonight’s community meeting will start at 6:30 at the Bright Side Baptist Church.

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