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US 'I need help': Pennsylvania mayor issues desperate plea after officer fatally shoots man

23:21  14 september  2020
23:21  14 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Bodycam captured the moment Ricardo Munoz was shot and killed after running at a police officer with a knife in Lancaster, Pennsylvania .

Police shot and killed a reportedly autistic man in Southwest Lancaster City today and left his body on the ground for hours. Munoz was pronounced dead at the scene. Lancaster DA said that they have been “investigating” the shooting to determine if the use of force was justified, but noted that

LANCASTER, Pa. – The mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, issued a clear and emotional message Monday, less than 24 hours after a city police officer shot and killed a man who was chasing him with what appears to be a large knife.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People chant during a protest at the scene of a police shooting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 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 police officer fired at a 27-year-old man who was armed with a knife. The man, identified as Ricardo Munoz, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene. © Andy Blackburn, AP People chant during a protest at the scene of a police shooting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 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 police officer fired at a 27-year-old man who was armed with a knife. The man, identified as Ricardo Munoz, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene.

"I need help. We need help," Mayor Danene Sorace said at a Monday news conference after Ricardo Munoz, a 27-year-old, was fatally shot by police. She called on leaders across Pennsylvania to help forge a solution to officer-involved shootings.

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After a Pennsylvania police officer fatally shot a Black man during a domestic disturbance call on Sunday afternoon, street protests were dispersed with teargas. Hundreds took to the streets of Lancaster following the shooting , a crowd forming outside the police station.

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"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," she said.

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"We need an evidence-based protocol for responding," she said. "What is that protocol?"

"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 said.

The mayor said budget cuts have hampered the police department's ability to respond to high-risk situations. She called on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and police departments and community leaders across the state to find new solutions to problems that have long plagued police departments.

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Prosecutors released video footage of Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle fatally shooting David Kassick after she was acquitted of all charges Thursday. The 15-year officer , who said she'll be returning to duty with the Hummelstown Borough Police Department, praised the jury's decision.

He was then fatally shot . The Mayor 's office has reportedly issued a statement saying that the incident was recorded on a body camera, and that the Protesters took the street of Lancaster, Pennsylvania , on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning after a police officer reportedly killed a

She said officers need to be dispatched with information that will help them make better decisions when they arrive on scene.

Danene Sorace holding a sign: Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace speaks with reporters Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the wake of protests that erupted after a city police officer shot and killed a man who chased him with a knife. © Submitted Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace speaks with reporters Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the wake of protests that erupted after a city police officer shot and killed a man who chased him with a knife.

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Less than 24 hours after Munoz was killed Sunday afternoon, the city released police body cam footage that shows what happened from the time the officer arrived on scene to the time of the shooting.

Protesters Sunday night smashed windows of police vehicles as demonstrations took place in Lancaster. Some city leaders stayed out with protesters late into the evening in an effort to calm things down and listen to their concerns.

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I need help ,” according to a criminal complaint obtained by CBS Pittsburgh. Jacob Remaley of New Stanton, Pennsylvania , has been charged as an adult with two counts of criminal homicide and two counts of first-degree murder, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

A small-town police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay face down on the After the verdict, Mearkle tearfully said she was sorry the shooting had happened. Mearkle’s lawyer, Brian Perry, said Kassick’s actions needed to be watched carefully, arguing that the conflict

Several city leaders took to the podium after the mayor and expressed condolences to Munoz's family and offered support for the mayor and the police department.

City council member Janet Diaz said social media played a big role in spreading false rumors and fanning the flames of anger based on misunderstandings of the facts of the case.

City council President Ismail Smith Wade-El said he saw peaceful protesters repeatedly try to quell potential violence.

Mayor Sorace was blunt when a reporter asked if she expected more 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 said.

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