The killing of A Latino Man By A Cop Triggered BLM Protesters in Lancaster, PA

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Ricardo Munoz suddenly emerged from the inside of the house with a knife on his right hand, chasing the police officer, who shot him.

Increased violent protests by the Black Lives Matter supporters are causing turmoil in Lancaster, PA since yesterday. The protesters were provoked by the killing of a Latino man who tried to brandish a knife over a police officer, who in return, shot him.

According to preliminary investigations by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house located in 300 Block, Laurel Street at about 4:15 in the afternoon on Sunday. The caller reported that her brother was becoming aggressive and was attempting to break into her mother’s house.

Police officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded, and the first officer walked into the front of the house at approximately 4:24 PM. A woman came out of the door, who was identified as a part of the family. Suddenly, a man with a knife on his right hand appeared from the inside, ran towards him, and raised the knife in a threatening manner.

Footage recorded by the body camera of the shooting cop showed that he fired several times while running away from him until the latter fell to the ground. The victim was later on identified as 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz.

Additional police officers arrived a short time later.

“A police-involved shooting has significant impact on a community, as we are seeing with the large number of individuals gathering in the streets,” said District Attorney Heather Adams on Sunday night. “However, I am asking that all reaction be tempered as the investigation is ongoing.”

“We will do our best to release details about the incident in a timely manner,” Atty. Adams said. “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 pleaded.

The law enforcer involved was placed on administrative leave, according to local news.

News from last year resurfaced, showing Munoz who was arrested for stabbing four people, including a teen in the same city.

Ricardo Munoz was arrested last year for stabbing 4 people, including a minor.

Violent Protests

Following the incident, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Lancaster on Sunday. They gathered outside the police station, where they damaged some government vehicles.

According to the police, they warned the crowd several times but failed to follow, so tear gas was dispersed. They also alleged that the demonstrators threw objects towards them, including gas glass bottles, gallon jugs filled with liquid, parts of plastic road barricades and others.

Some were picking up and throwing bricks towards the station, which broke windows.

The protesters also used dumpsters as a blockade from the police.

After attacking the law enforcers and the station, they set fire in the street.