Shooting of 27-year-old man under investigation in Pennsylvania

Henrietta Brewer
September 15, 2020

"We must fund housing, social services, and education equitably and adequately in this city", she said.

Smith-Wade-El added that the county needed to entirely overhaul "how we do 911 dispatch". "I called to find out what the procedure was to get him some help".

After the fatal shooting, a crowd gathered around the block before protests broke out.

The shooting of a 27-year-old man by police sparked protests in Pennsylvania.

Body camera footage showed Ricardo Munoz, 27, brandishing a knife and wielding it over an officer's head as police responded to a domestic disturbance around 4:15 p.m., according to Lancaster Bureau of Police.

Munoz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer was placed on administrative leave, the mayor's office said in a statement, calling it "a heartbreaking day for our city".

Authorities did not immediately explain why an officer was dispatched, although Munoz was facing four counts of aggravated assault after he was accused last year of stabbing four people, including a 16-year-old boy in the face, following a fight.

'We ask that acts of protest remain peaceful as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and serve no objective for the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and neighborhoods, ' the DA's office requested.

Some social media users criticized the protests in Lancaster and claimed that protests had spread from larger cities to remote areas such as "Amish Country" - an incorrect characterization of the city of Lancaster itself. According to Lancaster Online, authorities used tear-gas several times as protests in response to Munoz's death continued overnight.

Some protesters threw bricks through the front window of the station and the post office, police said, and the crowd damaged a Lancaster County vehicle that was parked in front of the station. They piled street signs, trash cans, pieces of plywood and trash bags and set them on fire.

Lancaster police issued a statement regarding their decision to use "chemical agents" on protesters. "OC spray was also deployed at protestors that refused to move from the ramp and were physically challenging Officers that were moving to clear people from the ramp".

Munoz's body was left visible outside the home for four hours, and more than 100 people crowded around the crime scene. However, Berkihiser noted that the police department will still conduct its own separate investigation.

"De-escalation and non-lethal force, when necessary, should be used on police calls instead of making a split decision to end a life", she wrote on Facebook.

The District Attorney's Office is now in the process of conducting a criminal investigation to see whether the force used by the officer was justified, Lancaster police chief Jarrad Berkihiser said in an interview with Lancaster Online.

"Any loss of life, regardless of how it happens, is devastating", said the Lancaster Police Chief, Jarrad Berkihiser.

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