State of emergency lifted amid Pa. ECD probe

Mayor declared a state of emergency because there weren't enough officers to patrol the streets


Associated Press

COLWYN, Pa. — The borough council in a Philadelphia suburb has voted to lift a state of emergency declared after three officers were suspended in fallout over the alleged use of a stun gun on a handcuffed teenage suspect.

Colwyn Mayor Daniel Rutland says he decided late Wednesday to declare a state of emergency because there weren't enough officers to patrol the streets. On Thursday, Colwyn's borough council voted 4-3 to lift the state of emergency and reinstate Lt. Wendell Reed as officer-in-charge.

The 17-year-old boy told reporters an officer zapped him once with the stun gun while he was handcuffed inside the department's jail cell on April 24. Investigators believe the teen was in custody after refusing to answer a police officer's questions about a fight he witnessed.

The Delaware County district attorney is investigating.

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