On Friday afternoon, Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers released the following statement:
"As Chief of Police for Springettsbury Township, I have requested The Office of District Attorney Thomas Kearney, and Chief of York County Detectives Darryl Albright, conduct an investigation in the incidents involving Ms. Williams and Mr. Landis. They have agreed to handle the investigation and I have directed that all incident related material in both incidents be forwarded to their respective offices by the close of business today. Additionally, I have placed Corporal Gregory Hadfield, Patrolman Chad Moyer, and Patrolman William Polizzotto, on Administrative Desk Duty effective immediately pending the outcome of the investigation."
In York County, federal lawsuits have been filed against a local police department, claiming officers beat two people in separate incidents.
The lawyer who filed the lawsuit is sharing the video. We are warning you, the video may be offensive to some.
According to Attorney Devon Jacob, the dash cam video shows two Springettsbury Township Police Officers beating Debra Williams. "She was handcuffed and shackled, tasered in the calf and punched, slapped and had her throat grabbed. She was thrown in back of the police car. It's as clear as day on video."
Jacob says Patrolman Chad Moyer who struck Williams, while another officer does nothing to stop him.
In the second case, Steven Landis is thrown to the ground after he raises his hands instead of putting them behind his back as requested by Moyer. "Probably because we see it on TV all the time. It was the first time in his life he was arrested. There was a warrant for a small incident earlier in evening, and he didn't even know there was warrant that existed at the time."
Jacob says Moyer threatened Landis and then drove his knee into his side, breaking five ribs. Another officer tased him two times while he was on the ground.
Both Landis and Williams were charged with resisting arrest. But Jacob says, those charges may not be the reason. "This was clearly done to cover up and explain why they were walking away from these arrests with injuries. It's very clear from the video.
The dash cam videos were discovered while trying to defend that charge, which Jacob says, means the District Attorneys Office saw them.
Jacob says none of the officers were questioned or taken off the street.