York City Police launch an internal review of use of force after an incident involving the arrest and injury of a Lindbergh Academy student on Monday. Officers were called to the school just before 2 o’clock Monday afternoon to assist in the removal of two male and one female student from school grounds. The three students were suspended and were asked to leave by staff but had refused to leave school property.
When officers arrived the two male students left without resistance. The female, identified as 16-year-old Cierra Handy refused and became combative by kicking and trying to bite the two officers attempting to take her into custody. During the struggle Handy suffered a wound above one eye. She was taken to York Hospital for treatment. She was later charged with various criminal offenses.
Handy’s family is reportedly accusing police of using excessive force against her. A photo of a badly bruised Handy is circulating on social media.
York City Police says it is currently conducting an internal investigation to determine what occurred to cause the injury. In a release the Department says, “We will not comment or speculate on what did or did not occur until all the facts have been identified. We ask that the public wait for the facts to be uncovered before coming to a conclusion as to what occurred with this arrest.”