Article from Reason by Zuri Davis.

A Pennsylvania police officer tased a sitting suspect in the back, and video of the incident is going viral.

Facebook video shows a man since identified as Sean Williams, 27, on a sidewalk as a Lancaster police officer, identified as Philip Bernot, gives him instructions to sit on the curb.

Bernot can be seen pointing his Electronic Control Device (ECD) towards Williams while he speaks. Bernot tells Williams to put his legs “straight out,” which he does. Bernot then tells Williams to cross his ankles. As Williams begins to pull his legs back, Bernot, who is standing behind the seated man, shoots his ECD into Williams’ back.

Lancaster Mayor Danene responded to the incident after the video circulated. Sorace said in her own Facebook videothat she was “upset” by the initial video. She went on to say that the use of force was taken “very seriously” and announced an investigation was underway. Sorace also mentioned communication with civil rights groups and confirmed her support for a body camera initiative.

Read the entire article at Reason.

Image Credit: By Jamelle Bouie [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons