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Settlement in alleged police brutality cases will pay two people $250,000 each

Updated: Friday, March 14 2014, 03:23 AM CDT
Reported by Christina Butler:

A settlement has been reached in the alleged police brutality case involving a York County police department.

Springettsbury Township will have to pay two people a quarter million dollars each.

These were for two separate incidents involving Springettsbury Township officers back in 2011 and 2012.

The civil rights attorney representing the two says the settlement is fair, noting there are non-financial payouts as well.

The settlement was agreed on one year after the lawsuit was filed.

Debra Williams was arrested in April 2011 and claims Patrolman Chad Moyer and Cpl. Greg Hadfield beat her in the back seat of a police cruiser.

Moyer was also involved in another alleged police brutality case in August 2012 when Steven Landis says he was tazed twice and kicked to the point that five of his ribs were broken by Moyer and another officer.

The York County DA cleared Moyer and Hadfeld of criminal wrongdoing in September.

The settlement is only with the township, and in addition to the half a million dollars, civil rights attorney Devon M. Jacob says the township will also have three non-financial responsibilities. 

They include having the police accreditation agency evaluate township policies and procedures.

The township also will strengthen relationships with mental health associations and make changes to how evidence is handled in incidents where people are injured by police.

“It is pretty clear to everybody in the community that the waters were initially circled around these officers and the conduct in the department and the county in furtherance of that the only discipline that was issued was to Chad Moyer for using profanity during the assaults,” explained Jacob. “That's very embarrassing to the township.”

The money to pay the settlements will come from the township insurance fund. Settlement in alleged police brutality cases will pay two people $250,000 each

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