Eight arrested in Lancaster protests after knife-wielding man shot by police
There was a second night of protests in Lancaster, PA on the heels of eight arrests on Sunday night after a policeman shot and killed an armed attacker who came after him with a knife, as seen on a video released to the public.
“Protesters threw items at officers and also caused damage to the police station, a county vehicle, neighboring businesses and the U.S. Post Office building. Officers used chemical munitions to attempt to disperse the rioters as the suspects piled trash and debris at the intersection of N. Prince St. and W. Chestnut St,” says local ABC News 27 about the Sunday protests.
Bodycam video shows Ricardo Munoz emerge from a home and lunge after the police officer, who flees and then shoots as Munoz pursues the cop up the street, says the Lancaster District Attorney’s Office.
“The footage shows that when the officer gets in front of a residence in the 300 block of Laurel Street, Munoz immediately emerges from inside and runs toward the officer, brandishing a knife above his head, in clear view, in a threatening manner,” said a statement by the DA.
About 140 protesters showed up outside the police station on Monday night carrying Black Lives Matter signs and signs demanding “Defund the Police,” chanting for cops to come out and face the protesters. But the cops remained inside the building with officers stationed on the rooftop, says local WGAL 8.
The knife-wielder was charged in March of 2019 with stabbing four people and was out on unsecured bond after previously being held on a $1 million bond. It’s unclear what the current status of that case is. At the time of his arrest in 2019, Munoz was also carrying a knife and was tasered.
“We’re seeing a narrative evolve in real time in Lancaster, PA that omits the fact that the man who was shot & killed by police was actively trying to kill a police officer, even w/ bodycam evidence. Enormously irresponsible, especially given the current climate,” said writer Drew Holden.
Munoz’s sister, Rilenez, says her brother was schizophrenic and that “he probably had multiple personalities… who knows.”
“I blame the system for what happened,” Rilenez told local FOX43. “We called for help. If they could’ve came [sic] here… the procedures they have to deal with people with mental issues are not correct and they need to change that.
“We are tired of minorities getting killed because it’s mainly getting minorities getting killed by cops… I’m not saying to not protest… Go protest, but protest in peace. There is no need for violence,” Munoz explained.
Politicians in Pennsylvania were quick to condemn the violent protests.
“It’s not clear why anyone would protest a police officer defending his own life. However, those who wish to protest should do so peacefully,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R).
Of the eight people arrested, authorities say four came from outside the county, and two were armed with handguns. Each of the eight face charges relating to riot and/or arson outside the police station.
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