WATCH: ‘Antifa’ lay siege to Lancaster police precinct following latest officer-involved shooting
Alleged Antifa agitators, rioters and irate protesters have swarmed a police precinct in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, blockading officers inside and pelting the building with stones and debris, and lighting fires outside.
The violence is an apparent response to the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who was killed after he charged at an officer with a knife on Sunday.
Protesters and alleged Antifa took to the streets and engaged in pitched battles with police, bombarding them with rocks and stones. Riot cops then deployed tear gas.
BREAKING: police make a full offensive in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to clear out BLM and Antifa rioters After they destroyed city property, including a police vehicle, created barricades, and threw rocks/bricks at officers The unlawful assembly was declared hour ago pic.twitter.com/pg8K5wG9qd— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
Agitators could be seen destroying several parked police vehicles outside the local precinct, as others erected barriers to prevent police reinforcements from being deployed.
BREAKING: after partially destroying a police vehicle, black bloc Antifa attempts to light it on fire in Lancaster at a BLM protest pic.twitter.com/Hs5yhuDqTW— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
BREAKING: arsonists are lighting fires in the streets in Lancaster and adding public trash bags as fuel at the BLM ✊🏿 riot pic.twitter.com/5Of9r9fGua— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
Both the police station as well as the post office were pelted with debris as the violence spread. It wasn’t long before local stores were trashed and looted.
BREAKING: Antifa has begun breaking the windows of the Lancaster police precinctOfficers are responding with non lethal rounds and are now in the streets pic.twitter.com/icg1rDxxC9— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
BREAKING: officers quickly move to secure a detective vehicle that Antifa destroyed in order to secure the weapons locked inside The swift action shows how much of a threat they thought it would be if BLM rioters obtained the firearms pic.twitter.com/zv43rWkrDD— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
There were reports of multiple arrests at the scene, with police conducting an aggressive operation to round up those violent agitators they managed to identify.
BREAKING: cops are driving around, jumping out, running full speed at rioters and arresting them using marked vans Here 4 people were arrestedThe cops said they were targeting specific individuals who they ID’d committed crimes throughout the night Video below shows more pic.twitter.com/2IgUtMUZEA— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
There were also reports of police snipers having been deployed to the roof of the precinct, but there was no indication that they engaged any of the rioters with any form of munitions, non-lethal or otherwise.
The violence began at approximately 4:13pm local time, when police received a domestic abuse report, after a young man became aggressive toward his mother while attempting to break into her house, as reported to them by his sister.
Damage to police station and post office pic.twitter.com/2fvdzU3xnm— Carter Walker (@CarterLNP) September 14, 2020
The man charged at the first attending officer on the scene with a large knife in his hand, held over his head, at which point, the officer opened fire, killing him.
Munoz’s body reportedly remained on the sidewalk for four hours, until 8:35pm, when it was placed into a coroner’s van.Also on rt.com Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as police fatally shoot knife-wielding man after he rushes at officer (VIDEO)
The officer’s body cam footage has been released, but, while it appears to show the deceased man was armed and charged the officer despite orders to drop the knife, it doesn’t indicate one way or the other whether the use of force was justified, according to Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, which is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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