David Sitler denies excessive force lawsuit case in 2016 incident
January 25, 2018
David Sitler was the former “Officer in Charge” at the Lancaster Township Police Department for many years now working at Boscov’s in Butler as a Loss Prevention Detective was fired after a federal lawsuit was opened against him by a victim. At the time, suspect Kent Bowers was allegedly assaulted by Sitler.
In October 2016, Sitler responded to a call at Bowser’s residence. According to 911 records, Bowser’s wife told the call taker that her husband was drunk and was misbehaving, but did have a prior mental health illness.
Sitler and his crew entered the Bowser’s home as the husband was barricaded inside. Police units brought him out, and threw him into the back of their cruiser. For over an hour, Bowser complained the handcuffs were too tight, and that he requested Sitler loosen them. Sitler ignored the pleads for help.
Bowser tried to gain the attention of officers since he was being held inside of a police car for a longer duration than was allowed. Bowser hit his head on the window, and started kicking the door because officers ignored him. Sitler is seen on video opening the door. Bowser was exhausted and made a joke about Sitler’s overweightness. Sitler then slammed Bowser on to the seat, and punched his ribs about 6 times violently. Sitler then grabbed Bowser’s throat and choked him nearly unconscious till a Zelienople Police Officer opened the driver side door.
Sitler denies all of these allegations. Watch the video below.