Judge Throws The Book At Alleged Rioters, They Are NOT Getting Out Of Jail With Their Bail Set At $1,000,000
Look, the answer to the problem of this continued rioting and the instigation of violence is very, very, simple: stop letting the people who commit illegal acts go free. Stop signaling to the rioters that there will be no consequences for their continued illegal actions. Stop calling rioters ‘protesters,’ the two behaviors are VERY different. One is peaceful and legal (protesting) and the other is violent and illegal (rioting.)
While judges and local ‘authorities’ on the West coast either do not grasp this concept, or, more likely IMHO, are encouraging this lawlessness, a judge on the East coast, in the battle ground state of Pennsylvania, seems to understand..
While there is no excuse for rioting, it is a lot easier to understand the anger that comes from an unjustified police shooting of an unarmed person than it is to sympathize with this incident. When bad actors use the shooting of a mad man, charging a cop with a raised knife, as an excuse to riot, it is very hard to have any sympathy for them, or take their alleged plight seriously.
Here is the officer’s view of the incident. In it, you can see a crazed man storm out of the house, the officer begins to retreat for his life as the aggressor raises a large knife over his head, in what sure looks like an attempt to chase down, and stab the cop. The Lancaster Bureau of Police described the incident as follows:
‘On September 13, 2020, at approximately 4:13 PM, Lancaster County-Wide Communications received a 911 call for a domestic in the 300 block of Laurel Street in Lancaster City. The caller related that her brother was reportedly becoming aggressive with his mother and was attempting to break into her house. Several officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to the call and the first officer arrived at 4:24 pm. The first officer on the scene walked to the front of the residence and made contact with a woman, who was identified as a family member. A male subject then exited the front door of the residence and began chasing the officer. Preliminary information and body worn camera footage indicates that the male subject had a knife in his right hand as he was chasing the officer. The officer fired several shots from his firearm, striking the subject. The subject, identified as 27 year old Lancaster man, did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was the only police officer on the scene at the time of the shooting and his body worn camera was activated and recorded the encounter.
Additional officers arrived a short time later. The following footage was recorded on the officer’s body worn camera. The images contained in this video are graphic and may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. The video footage is permitted to be released under Pennsylvania Act 22.’
The New York Post explained what, predictably, happened next:
‘Protesters poured onto the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sunday night calling for “justice” — for a man shot dead by police while charging at an officer with a knife.
‘Protesters marched from the scene of the deadly shooting on Laurel and Union streets to the Lancaster Police Department about a mile away, hurling bricks, smashing windows and vandalizing police cars.
After the crowd gathered on an access ramp near the station, police asked them to move, issuing several warnings that “chemical munitions” would be used, PennLive.com reported.
“OC spray,” or pepper spray, was eventually deployed when the mob refused to move, police said, adding that some were “physically challenging officers that were moving to clear people from the ramp.”
Sounds familiar, right? Well, so far it does, but wait until you hear the judge’s response to the rioters who were taken into custody:
Fox News reported: ‘A Pennsylvania judge threw the book at several protesters – setting their bail at $1 million each – for allegedly rioting in the wake of the police shooting of a knife-wielding Lancaster man.
Lancaster police nabbed a dozen people and one juvenile for staging the riots around 3 a.m. Monday in clashes that culminated in police deploying tear gas at the crowd.
The overnight violence came on the heels of the death of Ricardo Munoz, the mentally ill 27-year-old who was seen on body cam footage charging at a cop with a knife in hand. The officer shot and killed Munoz Sunday afternoon outside his mother’s house in downtown Lancaster.
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.’
Of course the rioters complained that they were the victims of politically motivated persecution. This should come as no surprise seeing as personal responsibility is not a character trait of these anti-police agitator types.
Fox went on to explain that ‘About 150 protesters returned to the streets Monday night calling for justice in Munoz’s death, but the demonstrations remained peaceful, PennLive.com reported.’
The moral of the story? If you arrest and hold the violent trouble makers accountable, those who really want to peacefully protest will be free to do just that. Furthermore, it is the bad actors who act violently who are guilty of impairing the Constitutionally guaranteed right to PEACEABLY assemble and protest, not those seeking to enforce the law.
Oh, by the way, Munoz was scheduled to face a trial in October on charges that he slashed up 4 people last year. Why does it seem that when good people die BLM is silent, but when violent criminals and sex offenders are injured they are quick to riot? It makes one wonder what their true motivations are.