LANCASTER, Pa. — Demonstrators in Pennsylvania took to the streets for the second night time in a row, this time extra peacefully following the deadly taking pictures of a person by police on Sunday.
About 40 protesters gathered outdoors the police station in downtown Lancaster shortly earlier than 7 p.m. EDT, chanting “No justice, no peace.” That got here hours after video confirmed police escorting a person in handcuffs into the station and an evening after protesters broke home windows of police automobiles after the deadly taking pictures of Ricardo Munoz, 27.
Earlier Monday, Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace issued a transparent and emotional message lower than 24 hours after a metropolis police officer shot and killed a person who was chasing him with what appeared to be a big knife.
“I need help. We need help,” Sorace mentioned, calling on leaders throughout Pennsylvania to assist forge an answer to shootings involving cops. “I am clear beyond a doubt that we lack the tools, the resources, the expertise and the capacity to do this on our own here in the City of Lancaster.”
“We need an evidence-based protocol for responding,” she mentioned. “What is that protocol?”
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“Additionally, how do we create and staff a system that can respond 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and within minutes? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered to create a countywide plan,” she mentioned.
The mayor mentioned finances cuts have hampered the police division’s means to reply to high-risk conditions. She referred to as on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and police departments and neighborhood leaders throughout the state to seek out new options to issues which have lengthy plagued police departments.
She mentioned officers must be dispatched with info that can assist them make higher choices after they arrive on scene.
Less than 24 hours after Munoz was killed Sunday afternoon, the town launched police bodycam footage that exhibits what occurred from the time the officer arrived on scene to the time of the taking pictures.
Several metropolis leaders took to the rostrum after the mayor and expressed condolences to Munoz’s household and supplied help for the mayor and the police division.
City council member Janet Diaz mentioned social media performed a giant position in spreading false rumors and fanning the flames of anger primarily based on misunderstandings of the information of the case.
City council President Ismail Smith Wade-El mentioned he noticed peaceable protesters repeatedly attempt to quell potential violence.
Sorace was blunt when a reporter requested if she anticipated extra violent protests tonight.
“You’re asking that question that quite honestly makes me want to throw up. It is my fervent hope that there will be no more violent protests tonight,” she mentioned.
Contributing: Neil Strebig, York (Pa.) Daily Record; Jessica Flores, USA TODAY.
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