Pennsylvania judge sets alleged rioters' bail at $1 million each

by Joel Abbott · Sep 16th, 2020 1:19 pm

Last Updated Sep 17th, 2020 at 12:06 pm

A judge in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has set a $1 million bail each for nine people who allegedly began rioting after a police officer shot a black man who charged at him with a large knife.

On Sunday, the officer fatally shot 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz after responding to a call that Munoz was attempting to break into his mother's house. Police immediately released body camera footage of the incident, which shows Munoz run at the officer with a knife. After attempting to scramble to safety, the officer turned and shot Munoz several times.

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Protesters responded to the incident by marching from the scene of the shooting to the police station, where they threw bottles, rocks, bricks, and other objects at police. Twelve adults were arrested for the violence and face multiple charges, including riot, criminal conspiracy, institutional vandalism, and arson. A 16-year-old boy was also arrested.

Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth then set a $1 million bail each for nine of 12 of the defendants.

The move drew immediate criticism from activists groups such as Lancaster Stands Up, which said it was "a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability."

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman also called the order "blatantly unconstitutional."

Protests have continued in Lancaster, but have reportedly been more peaceful in the nights following the arrests.


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