Ricardo Munoz shooting: protests erupt after Pennsylvania police kill Black man

After a Pennsylvania police officer fatally shot a Black man during a domestic disturbance call on Sunday afternoon, street protests were dispersed with teargas.

Police posted the officer’s body camera video on social media. It showed Ricardo Munoz, 27, chasing the officer down a sidewalk with a knife. The officer fired several shots while running away.

The officer was placed on administrative leave, according to local news outlets.

Hundreds took to the streets of Lancaster following the shooting, a crowd forming outside the police station. The department said multiple buildings and government vehicles were damaged.

The Lancaster county district attorney, Heather Adams, acknowledged the protests and called for calm.

“We ask that acts of protest remain peaceful as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and serve no purpose for the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and neighborhoods,” she said.

Regarding the use of “chemical munitions” against protesters early on Monday, police said the crowd was given several warnings to disperse before gas was deployed.

The crowd “failed to follow the instructions”, police said, adding that items including glass bottles, gallon jugs filled with liquid, parts of plastic road barricades and more had been thrown at officers.

The Guardian

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