By Mark Scolforo, AP
Thirteen people who find themselves accused of committing crimes whereas collaborating in a civil disturbance in Lancaster on Sunday evening sat behind bars Tuesday, with bail for seven of them set at $1 million.
The eight for whom charging paperwork have been made public are accused of being instigators throughout demonstrations over the deadly police shooting of an armed man. Authorities mentioned the protests degenerated into rioting that broken Lancaster’s police headquarters and produced an arson fireplace that blocked a downtown intersection.
Police in Lancaster, a various metropolis of practically 60,000 within the heart of Pennsylvania Amish nation, mentioned Tuesday that they arrested 5 others on related prices, a gaggle that was awaiting arraignment and to have bail set. The 13 defendants vary from 16 to 43 years previous and stay in Lancaster and surrounding communities, in addition to in York, Camp Hill and Mercersburg.
Among the eight for whom charging paperwork have been obtainable, not all face equivalent prices, accusations that embrace arson, rioting and institutional vandalism. One has been charged with carrying a hid weapon with no allow.
The father of Kathryn Patterson, 20, an undergraduate pupil at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, mentioned she was performing as a medic, as she has at different protests within the latest previous.
Black Lives Matter activists in Lancaster are all skittish and afraid of getting arrested as a result of they only realized that bail is being set at 1 million money. Lancaster just isn’t Portland. pic.twitter.com/wGh0K6D9KN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 15, 2020
Chip Patterson referred to as Kathryn Patterson’s $1 million bail, set by a magisterial district justice, “obscene.”
“Everything that I know so far, which is not a lot, indicates that Kat is not guilty of those charges. But then again, we’ll have to wait and see,” mentioned Chip Patterson, who lives in Mercersburg, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Lancaster.
He mentioned he has not been capable of reach his daughter since her arrest.
“I cannot tell you how long this night has been,” he mentioned Tuesday afternoon. “I think regardless of what these people did or didn’t do, the bail amount is just outrageous and clearly against the Eighth Amendment,” which addresses bail.
The protests involved the shooting demise by police of a Ricardo Munoz, whose sister had referred to as authorities in hopes of getting him involuntarily dedicated for psychological well being remedy.
Police have made public the officer’s physique digital camera video. It confirmed Munoz, 27, approaching the officer with the knife in what seemed to be a menacing method, earlier than the officer, who has not been publicly recognized, shot and killed him.
Munoz had been out on bond, awaiting trial for allegations he stabbed 4 individuals final 12 months, together with a teenage boy who was stabbed within the face.