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$1M Bond Set For Lancaster Rioters

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The 13 defendants range from 16 to 43 years old who are accused of committing crimes while participating in a civil disturbance in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Sunday night were arrested, with bail for seven of them set at $1 million.

AP News says the protests concerned the shooting death by police of a Ricardo Munoz, whose sister had called authorities in hopes of having him involuntarily committed for mental health treatment.

Who Was Ricardo Munoz?

Ricardo’s family said he was mentally ill and had not been taking his medication. They said Munoz was incoherent and acting out on Sunday before the shooting, and although he had a knife, the family said he was not being violent. 

Family members said they were trying to find out how to have him involuntarily committed on Sunday and had called a crisis number and a non-emergency police number before being directed to call 911.

WJAC News says that the 27-year-old had suffered issues stemming from mental disability for at least 10 years before he was diagnosed with schizophrenia about three years ago.

Speaking with Ricardo’s family, WJAC said, ‘His family says he would have significant mood swings and sometimes become agitated.’

Munoz had been out on bond, awaiting trial for allegations he stabbed four people last year, including a teenage boy who was stabbed in the face, according to AP News.

Why Was He Shot?

Body camera footage the police department released Sunday night shows Muñoz coming out of the house, knife in hand, and chasing the officer, who runs and fires several shots, striking Muñoz.


While they were trying to get him help, Munoz’s family mentioned that finding that help through the system was very difficult. The grieving family says they feel very let down by the entire system.

“There is no help here. There is nothing here,” Fernandez said. “I can’t even imagine that this city doesn’t have a psychiatric here. If you get crazy, you die yourself.”

Why Are The Protestor’s Being Held With So High A Bond?

The reason for that is not so clear. So far, the eight for whom charging documents have been made public are accused of being instigators during demonstrations over the fatal police shooting of Ricardo Munoz.

Those charges vary between arson, rioting, and institutional vandalism. One has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Pennsylvania Capital-Star writes that the bail amount was responsible for “drawing shock from state officials and the community.” Some of the incarcerated’s family members have called the $1 million bail, set by a magisterial district justice, “obscene.”

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