The “mostly peaceful” protesters in Portland benefit from a sympathetic District Attorney and a left-leaning court. The same is not the case in Lancaster.
Lancaster Police made several arrests after the “mostly peaceful protest” on the weekend were declared riots. The rioting was over a police-involved shooting of an aggressive knife-wielding black man charging the officer.
Thirteen individuals have been arrested and charged–twelve adults and one 16-year old. Seven of them have had their bail set at $1 million each.
Police say the protesters, who range from 16 to 43 years of age, were arrested for rioting in Lancaster in the early hours of Monday morning after the police shooting of a knife-wielding man sparked protests.
The 13 protesters remained behind bars on Tuesday with bail for seven of them set at $1 million each.
Authorities said the protests following Ricardo Munoz’s fatal shooting degenerated into rioting that damaged Lancaster’s police headquarters and produced an arson fire that blocked a downtown intersection.
Police in Lancaster, a diverse city of nearly 60,000 in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country, said that they arrested five others on similar charges, a group that was awaiting arraignment and to have bail set.
The twelve adults facing a felony and misdemeanor charges including arson, riot, institutional vandalism, and criminal conspiracy are: Jamal Shariff Newman, 24; Barry Jones, 30; Frank Gaston, 43; Yoshua Dwayne Montague, 23; Matthew Modderman, 31; Talia Gessner, 18; Kathryn Patterson, 20; Taylor Enterline, 20; T-Jay Fry, 28; Dylan Davis, 28; Lee Alexander Wise, 29; and Jessica Marie Lopez, 32.
The charges vary among the individuals, and one individual has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Another of the individuals charged with rioting is 20-year old Kathryn Patterson, a junior at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. Patterson is a Kappa Delta sorority sister and an “ally” to the Black Student Union (BSU) on campus. The BSU claims Patterson was acting as a medic when she was arrested.
Lancaster Police had released the bodycam footage to stave off protests. The facts didn’t seem to matter to the rioters.
The video clearly shows that Munoz, 27, had charged the officer with a large knife raised when the officer fired in what was clearly self-defense.
Munoz was dangerous and the officer was responding to a call to have him involuntarily committed because he had not been taking his medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Munoz had been out on bond, awaiting trial for allegations he stabbed four people last year, including a teenage boy who was stabbed in the face.
His sister said Munoz was mentally ill – diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – and hadn’t been taking his medications.
She said she had called a crisis intervention organization and a police non-emergency number to get her brother involuntarily committed.
Source: Daily Mail
These rioters probably figured that they could just go through the revolving door as the protesters do in Portland, but clearly, Lancaster is a much more sane place.
They’re also protesting an incident where if the officer hadn’t acted, may have resulted in more people being stabbed.
Clearly they’re not quite rational.
Well, good luck, tinkerpots! Enjoy your stay as a guest of the government.