At least seven protesters arrested during demonstrations over a deadly police shooting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were detained with $ 1 million bail set by a judge on Tuesday.
The Lancaster City Bureau of Police arrested 12 adults and a young man overnight Sunday as a crowd of more than 100 gathered outside the police station in protest of a shooting that day by Ricardo Munoz, who prosecutors say had run into an officer with a knife.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
“Suspects stacked 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 news release. “The suspects filled the landfill with extra garbage bags as well as the wood and set the contents on fire.”
The adults face several charges, including conspiracy over arson, riots, non-proliferation, institutional vandalism and disorder. The court records were not immediately available to the adults Tuesday.
Seven of the adults were being held on a $ 1 million bond suspended by Magistrate Judge Bruce Roth while four others were still awaiting their arrests. One of the adults was on probation at the time of his arrest.
The youth, an unidentified 16-year-old, faces charges in juvenile justice for rioting, disorderly conduct, possession of instruments of crime, propulsion of missiles on a roadway and institutional vandalism. Juvenile records are sealed to the public and information on the minor’s detention status is not available.
Chip Patterson, whose 20-year-old daughter Kathyrn was among those arrested, said his daughter acted as a doctor and was not guilty of the charges against her.
“I can not tell you how long this night has been,” Patterson told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “I think no matter what these people did or did not do, the bail amount is just outrageous and clearly against the Eighth Amendment.”
The Eighth Amendment protects against excessive bail and the use of “cruel and unusual punishments.”
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman on Twitter condemned the bail as “manifestly unconstitutional.”
Munoz, 27, was shot Sunday when police responded to a call from a woman who said her brother allegedly became aggressive toward his mother and tried to break into her house, according to police.
Body camera footage released by police shows the man was holding what appeared to be a knife as he headed toward the officer.
(Warning: the images in this video are graphic and may be disturbing.)
The video shows the officer, who at the time was the only authority on the scene, fired several shots. Munoz was hit and fell to the ground, dropping what appeared to be a knife. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said Munoz had “swung a knife over his head, in clear sight in a threatening manner.”
The officer has not been identified and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
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