Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after police-involved shooting

Black Lives Matter protesters block West Chestnut Street at North Prince Street near the Lancaster city police station on Sunday Sept. 13 2020. A man was shot by police earlier in the day after a reported domestic dispute police said. A Lancaster city

The city council president, Ismail Smith-Wade-El, said that more long-term investments must be made in crucial human services, such as mental health care support for adults, housing, crisis intervention and social workers.

Smith-Wade-El added that the county needed to entirely overhaul "how we do 911 dispatch".

Munoz, 27, then emerges while brandishing the knife, and the officer is heard and seen firing his weapon as the suspect falls to the ground.

Before the crowd dispersal and property damage on Monday, a peaceful crowd had formed at the scene of the shooting on Sunday, Berkihiser said. Munoz's killing is the latest in a recent wave of police brutality against Black and brown men in the United States.

Police posted the officer's body camera video on social media, which appeared to show Ricardo Munoz chasing the officer down a pavement with a knife.

Munoz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer who shot Munoz was placed on administrative leave, the mayor's office said in a statement, calling it "a heartbreaking day for our city".

Munoz was awaiting trial on charges that he had stabbed four people, including a minor, in 2019, according to local media reports.

WGAL-TV reported the windows of police vehicles were smashed during a protest against the shooting later on Sunday night.

The district attorney's office said the shooting is under investigation, and they will determine if the force used by police was justified.

But Adams's calls went largely ignored as angry protesters vandalized buildings and clashed with police until the early hours of Monday.

The police department said in a statement that it used "chemical munitions" against protesters after giving several warnings to disperse and that glass bottles, gallon jugs filled with liquid, parts of plastic road barricades and more had been thrown at officers.

Lancaster police issued a statement regarding their decision to use "chemical agents" on protesters. They piled street signs, trash cans, pieces of plywood and trash bags and set them on fire. In a summer rife with anti-racism protests, with calls to defund and abolish the police, Munoz's death became an immediate catalyst for protests well into the night, with demonstrators demanding justice for police failing to de-escalate another emergency call. Pepper spray was deployed at those who refused to move from the ramp and "physically challenged" officers, police said.

More than 100 people gathered before the riots broke out. Four are from outside Lancaster, and two were armed with handguns, the police department said.

The District Attorney's Office is now in the process of conducting a criminal investigation to see whether the force used by the officer was justified, Lancaster police chief Jarrad Berkihiser said in an interview with Lancaster Online.



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