Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, arrested eight people early Monday over rioting that broke out following the fatal police shooting of Ricardo Munoz.
Police said officers responded to the scene following a report of domestic disturbance. The district’s district attorney said the bodycam video showed Munoz, 27, who assaulted an officer with a knife and was shot multiple times.
The fatal shots caused more than 100 demonstrators to take to the streets in front of the police station. Protesters threw various items at officials, causing damage to the building, a parked vehicle and a nearby post office, according to authorities.
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“We also received calls from downtown business owners all morning when they discovered vandalism damage to their stores,” police said.
Authorities said four of the suspects were from outside Lancaster County and two were armed with small arms during protests that led to devastating unrest.
The charges against the eight included arson, institutional vandalism, unlicensed gun carrying, rioting, disorderly behavior, defiant intrusion, and obstruction of highways and other public passages.
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Police said two of the suspects – Jamal S. Newman, 24, from Lancaster and Frank Gaston, 43, from Ephrata – had both been listed as homeless and on probation.
Others charged during the riots included Barry Jones, 30, from York, Yoshua D. Montague, 23, from York, Matthew Modderman, 31, from Lancaster, Talia Gessner, 18, from York, Kathryn Patterson, 20 from Mercersburg and Taylor Enterline, 20, from Manheim.
“This office fully supports the right to assemble and protest peacefully. However, the inflammatory behavior shown last night is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Heather Adams, Lancaster County’s district attorney, Monday.
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Police said the handguns were recovered by officers after the arrests and additional charges are likely to be brought.