A now-viral Facebook video showing a Lancaster, Pennsylvania police officer using a Taser on a nonviolent black man who was attempting to cooperate with the officers has prompted a city investigation. Lancaster Online identified the man as 27-year-old Sean Williams.
The video shows Williams sitting on the curb as male officer Philip Bernot asks him to put his legs straight out in front of him. Moments afterward, a female officer named Shannon Mazzante tells Williams to cross his legs. As Williams begins to comply, Bernot repeats his order for him to have his legs out straight. Williams remains calm and seated, but Bernot soon tases Williams’s back.
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