Protests broke out in Lancaster, PA over the weekend after the police shot and killed Ricardo Munoz, who threatened an officer with a knife. Munoz’s sister had called the police, hoping to get him committed for mental health treatment.
A body cam video showed the encounter, complete with Munoz hold the knife. Munoz had been out of jail on bond, awaiting trial for stabbing four people last year, including a teen boy whom he stabbed in the face.
Protesters showed up outside the police station and began chanting slogans such as “Hands up, don´t shoot,” “No justice, no peace” and “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”
Eventually, the protests turned violent, with protesters damaging police headquarters and setting a fire that disrupted a downtown intersection.
Unlike in Portland and other cities, Lancaster authorities immediately began arresting perpetrators.
Thirteen people were arrested on charges ranging from arson and rioting to institutional vandalism and illegal possession of a firearm.
For the ones that had appeared before a magistrate, bail was set at $1 million each. Clearly the judge was making a point.