Federal police lawsuit dismissed

A city police lieutenant’s federal lawsuit against the department and former police administration has been dismissed and a settlement is to be reached in 60 days, according to U.S. Middle District court papers.

U.S. Middle District Judge Malachy E. Mannion dismissed all claims asserted by police Lt. Steve Helm against Gregory Foresman, Timothy Miller and David Young in their capacity with the city in a document filed this week.

The stipulation of dismissal was agreed to by Samuel E. Cohen, attorney for the city, and Michael J. Zicolello, Helm’s counsel.

Helm claimed his civil rights were violated while working under the former city chief and assistant chief.

Helm said the harassment was due to his position as union president, according to court documents.

Foresman ordered an internal investigation after a former city patrolman was involved in a 2014 high-speed chase that resulted in a fiery crash and the death of a Williamsport man.

Helm claims Foresman ordered the investigation because Helm defended the officer involved in the crash as part of his union duties, according to court papers.

Former Williamsport Chief David Young and former Chief Gregory Foresman also are named in the suit.

Mannion gave 60 days for the parties to reach a settlement, court papers said.