Lancaster law enforcement officials are taking a hard stance against alleged rioters, holding each offender on a $1 million bail. This breaks the recent trend in cities across the United States that would either release rioters with low or without bail after rioting.
According to a press release issued today, Lancaster police initialed arrests following riots outside of the Lancaster police station on Monday morning. The unrest was caused by the police involved fatal shooting of a 27 year old man who was clearly seen charging a police officer on Sunday afternoon.
Protesters gathered at the crime scene on Sunday, damaging two Pennsylvania State Police vehicles before marching to the police station. Through various online videos, and our own online coverage of the protest turned riots, the protesters continued to pelt police with bottles, bricks and other debris. Rioters damaged the police station, the Post office and several other businesses along with a vehicle parked on the street.
Police used chemical munitions in efforts to disperse the rioters as they continued on their path of destruction, piling street signs, garbage cans, dumpsters and other items in the middle of the street. Rioters set the dumpster on fire.
Police arrested a total of 12 people throughout Monday, both during the riots and after investigating.