Top PA Dem rails against $1M bail set for Lancaster protesters: 'Blatantly unconstitutional'


A top Pennsylvania Democrat slammed a Lancaster judge for setting the bail of several protesters arrested during demonstrations over a fatal police shooting of a man with a knife at $1 million each, lambasting the decision as "blatantly unconstitutional."

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman argued in a Wednesday tweet the $1 million figure was an infringement on the protesters' Eighth Amendment right against excessive bail.

"The 8th Amendment of U. S. Constitution: 'Excessive bail shall not be required,'" Fetterman tweeted. "Ms. Enterline’s bail amount is blatantly unconstitutional." Taylor Enterline, 20, is one of the arrested protesters.

Lancaster police arrested 12 adults and one juvenile Sunday night after hundreds took to the streets to protest following the shooting death of Ricardo Munoz.

Police posted the officer's body camera video on social media, showing Munoz running toward the officer with a knife raised above his head before he was fatally shot. Munoz's family told Lancaster Online he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and had not been taking his medication.

The adults face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including conspiracy to commit arson, ... (Read more)

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