Posted on September 17, 2020

Protesters Held on $1 Million Bail After Demonstration over Pennsylvania Police Shooting

Doha Madani, NBC News, September 15, 2020

At least seven protesters who were arrested during demonstrations over a fatal police shooting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were held on $1 million bail Tuesday.

Lancaster police arrested 12 adults and a juvenile overnight Sunday when a crowd of more than 100 people gathered outside the police station to protest the shooting that day of Ricardo Munoz, who prosecutors say had run at an officer with a knife.

Police used pepper spray and chemical agents against demonstrators that night.

“Suspects piled street signs, trash cans, a metal dumpster, a metal bike rack, pieces of plywood and a wooden pallet at the intersection of N. Prince St. and W. Chestnut St,” police said in a statement. “The suspects filled the dumpster with additional trash bags, as well as the wood, and set the contents on fire.”

The adults face numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit arson, riot, failure to disperse, institutional vandalism and disorderly conduct. {snip}

Seven of the adults were held on $1 million bond set by Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth, and four others were still awaiting their arraignments. One of the adults was on probation at the time of his arrest.

The juvenile, an unidentified 16-year-old, faces charges in juvenile court of riot, disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime, propulsion of missiles onto a roadway and institutional vandalism. {snip}

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman denounced the bail order on Twitter as “blatantly unconstitutional.”