Family sues former Butler Co. police chief for alleged excessive force


A former Butler County police chief appears to get rough with a man he's arresting.

This incident caused the police chief to lose his job, and now he's facing a lawsuit.

This video shows the backseat of a police cruiser with Kent Bowers handcuffed as he kicks at the window.


Then you see then Lancaster Township police chief David Sitler push Bowers over, grab his face, punches him repeatedly in the stomach then begins choking him.

The video is from Oct 2016.

Bower's lawsuit says police were called to an incident at the family's Scott Ridge Road home and that his wife told police he had a history of mental illness, and had been drinking and behaving erratically.


The family is suing Sitler for excessive force, false arrest, and malicious prosecution.

Chief Sitler was fired 3 weeks later and was never charged in the arrest.
The video doesn't show how long bowers was there before the incident, but the lawsuit says it was over an hour.

The lawsuit also includes the township for failing to properly train, supervise and discipline Sitler.



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