Springettsbury Township settles police brutality lawsuits

Springettsbury Township has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle two federal civil rights lawsuits filed by people who accused police officers of using excessive force during arrests.

The township will pay $250,000 each to Steven Landis and Debra Williams, according to township manager John Holman.

Landis claimed he was thrown to the ground, threatened and had five ribs broken when he was arrested in August 2012.

Williams alleged the same officer punched and slapped her while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car in April 2011.

As a condition of the settlement, all lawsuits against individual officers have been dropped.

The township must also review its practices in dealing with the mentally ill and those with disabilities and in using stun guns.

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said last fall that no criminal charges would be filed against the police officers. He said the officers were justified in the amount of force they used in each incident.


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