A Pennsylvania judge is setting a new standard for rioters destroying parts of the country – setting a whopping $1 million bail for each individual arrested in Lancaster following a justified police shooting.
Lancaster police arrested 12 people for rioting at around 3 a.m. after a 27 year-old-man, Ricardo Munoz, ran at police with a large knife and was shot and killed. The incident was captured on the shooting officer’s body camera,
The mob marched from the scene of the shooting on Laurel Street to the police station, chucking glass bottles, rocks, brick, gallon jugs filled with liquid and plastic road barricades at cops, police said. A county vehicle parked in front of the station was also damaged.
Twelve adults – Jamal Shariff Newman, 24; Barry Jones, 30; Frank Gaston, 43; Yoshua Dwayne Montague, 23; Matthew Modderman, 31; Talia Gessner, 18; Kathryn Patterson, 20; Taylor Enterline, 20; T-Jay Fry, 28; Dylan Davis, 28; Lee Alexander Wise, 29; Jessica Marie Lopez, 32 – face a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges, including arson, riot, institutional vandalism and criminal conspiracy.
A 16-year-old boy was also busted on riot, disorderly conduct, possession of instruments of crime, possession of a small amount of marijuana, propulsion of missiles onto a roadway and institutional vandalism.
Nine of the arrested rioters – Newman , Jones, Montague, Modderman, Gessner, Patterson, Enterline, Fry and Davis – had their bails set at $1 million by Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth. Court records indicate that none of them were able to post bail and are being held at the Lancaster County Prison.
Social justice advocacy group Lancaster Stands Up claimed Patterson and Enterline were working as a “medics” at the Munoz riots when they were arrested.
“The absurdly high bail amounts indicate that what we’re seeing is not a measured pursuit of justice, but a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability,” the group tweeted.
Lancaster Stands Up then called on a number of elected officials, including Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace and Gov. Tom Wolf, to “to step in and defend Taylor, Kathryn and other peaceful protesters against the politically motivated actions of local law enforcement, prosecutors and judges.”
Riots have become an all too common reaction to police shootings recently as leftists push even to defend armed criminals in justified shootings and take to the streets in their names. This sort of tough action against rioters might be exactly what is needed to restore order to American streets.
Roughly 150 protesters returned to the streets Monday night after the rioters were arrested, but the demonstrations remained peaceful.
“We want an answer,” Kassandra Orjales, 25 said. “The name of the officer should be known. If it was one of us, we’d be all over the news. We won’t be silent anymore.”
Munoz’s family has said he suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was off his medication at the time.
The officer involved in his shooting was responding to a 911 call placed by Munoz’s mother, stating that her son was getting “aggressive” with her and trying to break into her home, police said.