At least seven protesters arrested for a fatal police shot during demonstrations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were held by a judge on Tuesday on bail of $ 1 million.
The Lancaster City Police Bureau arrested 12 adults and one youth overnight on Sunday as more than 100 people gathered outside the police station to protest the shooting of Ricardo Munoz, who prosecutors said he ran a knife on an officer.
Police used pepper spray and chemical agents against demonstrators that night.
“Suspects piled street signs, trash cans, a metal trash can, a metal bike rack, pieces of plywood and a wooden pallet at the intersection of N. Prince St. and W. Chestnut St.,”
The adults face numerous charges, including arson conspiracy, riot, lack of diversion, institutional vandalism and disorderly behavior. Court records were not immediately available to the adults on Tuesday.
Seven of the adults had a $ 1 million bond set by the district judge Bruce Roth, while four more were awaiting indictment. One of the adults was on parole at the time of his arrest.
The youth, an unidentified 16-year-old, is being tried in a juvenile court on rioting, wrongdoing, possession of criminal instruments, driving rockets into a street, and institutional vandalism. Youth 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 was a paramedic and was not guilty of any charges against her.
“I can’t tell you how long that night lasted,” Patterson told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I think regardless of what these people did or didn’t do, the bail is just plain outrageous and clearly against the Eighth Amendment.”
The eighth amendment protects against excessive bail and the application of “cruel and unusual penalties”.
Pennsylvania Governor John Fetterman condemned the bail as “manifestly unconstitutional” on Twitter.
Munoz, 27, was shot dead on Sunday when police responded to a call from a woman who said her brother was reportedly aggressive towards his mother and tried to break into her home, according to police.
Body camera footage released by the police shows the man was holding a knife as he approached the police officer.
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The video shows that the officer, who was the only local authority at the time, fired several shots. Munoz was hit and fell to the ground, dropping a knife. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lancaster County Prosecutor’s Office said Munoz “waved a knife over his head in a threatening manner” in clear sight.
The officer has not been identified and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed.