A federal lawsuit has been filed against a former Butler County police chief and the township where he worked by a man claiming excessive force was used on him when he was arrested.
Kent Bowers alleges then-Lancaster Township Police Chief David Sitler assaulted him during his arrest in 2016. According to the suit, Bowers had been drinking and was acting erratically when he was arrested at his home in Lancaster Township.
Bowers’ attorney says the alleged assault occurred as the chief was putting Bowers into the police car. He claims the officer tackled Bowers, grabbed him by the neck and choked him nearly unconscious.
Sitler was fired just weeks after the confrontation with Bowers. He never faced any criminal charges. He was a 20-year veteran with the police force.
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