Cop uses stun gun on man sitting on the curb
Raw video: police officer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania uses Taser on man sitting on the sidewalk shocked as the viewer looks at and records the incident on his mobile phone.
Pennsylvania police officer is under investigation after he was filmed using a stun gun on a man who was sitting on a curb.
Lancaster police said officers responded to a disturbance around 10 a.m. Thursday after a 911 caller claimed there was a man to confront people with a bat.
Officer Shannon Mazzante arrived on the scene, and repeatedly, told the man, later identified as Sean Williams, 27 – to sit down on the sidewalk. However, Williams, according to police.
Sean Williams was seen in a viral video to get tased by the police, which reports to a disruption of the call.
When Officer Philip Bernot arrived to help Mazzante, he warned Williams that if he continued to refuse to follow directions, a Taser would be used on him.
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At this point, Williams sat on the steps overlooking the street. A neighbor started the filming of the scene and the video, posted on Facebook, caught Bernot tell Williams to sit on the sidewalk and cross his legs.
“The legs straight out or you’re getting tased,” Bernot hear is, says Williams.
Seconds later, Bernot uses his stun gun to Williams, who at the time was sitting, facing away from the driver.
“Did you tase him?! He was, though, bro!” the person filming can be heard from the camera.
The police said that they found no bat in the scene.
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The video, which has since gone viral, has been viewed more than 1.6 million times and shared on Facebook more than 41,000 times in 24 hours.
The police said Williams did not follow their instructions after the reported failure.
“The non-compliance is often a precursor to someone who is preparing to flee or to fight with Officers,” police said in a statement.
Mayor Danese Sorace said that she was upset by the video and an investigation into the officer’s use of force is underway.
“Like you, when I saw the video I was upset by, and it is of great interest to me. We take use of force very seriously,” she says in a video released on Facebook, adding that the incident “confirmed me in my intention to implement o body camera program here in the City of Lancaster.”
The police said Williams, who was evaluated by medical personnel after the incident, had an outstanding criminal warrant for his arrest for the charges of possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness.
Williams was arraigned Thursday and released on $5,000 bail.
Community activists are calling for a rally Friday afternoon on the steps of the Lancaster Country Courthouse to call on the end of police brutality.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang