Bipolar Woman Receives $250,000 Settlement for Police Brutality
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Debra Williams, a 42-year-old bipolar woman, was arrested while arguing with her ex. Very distraught, talking about killing herself because her daughter needed her protection from being abused by her father and unable to help, Williams was handcuffed in a police cruiser, at times kicking the protective glass. Officer Chad Moyer and Cpl. Greg Hatfield grabbed Williams and punched her in the face several times. She also alleges the two officers filed false reports about the arrest.
She filed a federal lawsuit against the officers, the police department, as well as the York County Prosecutor’s office. Prosecutors later dropped the charges against her, including aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, after she agreed to plead guilty to simple assault for scratching a person prior to police arresting her, according to Jacob.
York County District Attorney Tom Kearney directed state police to conduct investigations into both incidents. After reviewing those findings, Kearney determined none of the officers broke the law.
The full video of the incident, which contains very graphic language, can be found here: http://bcove.me/dy124ze4
This particular police department has been through several incidents in the past couple years. They shot a mentally ill man who was carrying a knife in a local K-Mart store, as well as brutalized another man who also filed a federal lawsuit. This woman was bipolar, suicidal and handcuffed. The force they used wasn’t necessary.