Lancaster Peaceful After Night Of Unrest Following Officer-Related Shooting


Protests remained peaceful Monday night into early Tuesday morning in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, following a night of unrest after a man was fatally shot by a police officer.

Protests started after a police officer on Sunday shot and killed Ricardo Muñoz, 27, who chased the officer with a knife, body camera footage shows. The officer was responding to a 911 call where a woman said that her brother was acting aggressively towards her mother and attempting to break into her home, according to the Lancaster Bureau of Police.

Lancaster erupted into Monday morning after the shooting, and eight were arrested as rioters set fires and vandalized businesses, according to a police statement.

A woman at the Monday night protest outside the Lancaster Bureau of Police said Muñoz’s family was accepting donations to cover his funeral costs and that they supported the protests, but did not want them to be destructive.

A man with an American flag talked with protesters throughout the night in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 14, 2020. (Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

A self-identified pastor asked the protesters what changes they wanted to see happen within the police department. The group most widely agreed that they would like for officers to not carry firearms or to use teargas, among other requests such as general economic reform.

Protesters said they wanted to have a productive and open conversation with the officers and added that they weren’t there to be aggressive towards police.

Lancaster protesters raise their fists to people driving by the park who honked and raised their fists. (Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

A man addressed a group of protesters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Monday night. (Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

One man warned protesters that police were taking people off the streets “for doing nothing.” (RELATED: Lancaster Police Fatally Shoot Man Brandishing Knife Over Domestic Incident, Spark Protests)

“I will die for anybody that’s out here, just know that,” he told the group. The man encouraged people to stay together and to walk around in groups, and told everyone that he was watching out for them.

Protesters hold signs and chant anti-police rhetoric at the Lancaster Bureau of Police building. (Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

A man dressed in camouflage held a Thin Blue Line flag outside the Lancaster Bureau of Police Building, where officers were stationed. (Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

One protester said that a family member was taken off the street by police in an unmarked car when he was walking home. Multiple other protesters say they saw the incident.

(Kaylee Greenlee / Daily Caller News Foundation)

Protesters argued with a man carrying an American flag and surrounded him to block him out while arguing among themselves about their feelings towards the flag. One protester equated the American flag with the Confederate flag.

The group dispersed just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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