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At this rate, it seems clear any attempt by law enforcement to defend themselves is going to lead to protests by Black Lives Matter if the suspect is a person of color, this being the same movement that gathers at a hospital where two ambushed deputies fight for their lives and call for them to die.
Unrest has come to Lancaster, Penn., after a police officer shot and killed a man seen on bodycam video “brandishing a knife over his head” in a threatening manner as he ran at a police officer.
Based on the footage seen below, the incident appears to be a justified shooting.
Caution: Disturbing Content
#BREAKING @Lancaster_DA release body cam video from todays fatal Officer involved shooting. Video shows 27 year old Ricardo Munoz running toward an officer with a knife above his head before being shot *GRAPHIC* . @CBSPhilly #LancasterPA pic.twitter.com/ERXKhNijMh
— Joshua Crompton (@PhillyNewsGuy) September 14, 2020
The Lancaster District Attorney’s Office released a statement that said Munoz was armed with a knife and came charging out of a residence when an officer responded to a reported domestic disturbance.
#BREAKING @Lancaster_DA releases some preliminary information on this Sunday afternoons fatal police involved shooting. Residents have been protesting following the shooting. At least 1 police vehicle has been damaged. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/GxZ4kGRWHt
— Joshua Crompton (@PhillyNewsGuy) September 14, 2020
Taking to Twitter, the DA’s office said: “We have reviewed body cam footage which shows man ran at @LancasterPolice while brandishing a knife above his head. Our investigation is ongoing.”
A longer clip from the body-cam captures the incident from the beginning.
*Caution: Disturbing Content
“The caller related that her brother was reportedly becoming aggressive with his mother and was attempting to break into her house,” the Lancaster Bureau of Police said in a release. “The first officer on the scene walked to the front of the residence and made contact with a woman, who was identified as a family member. A male subject then exited the front door of the residence and began chasing the officer. Preliminary information and body worn camera footage indicates that the male subject had a knife in his right hand as he was chasing the officer.”
“The officer fired several shots from his firearm, striking the subject,” the statement said. “The officer was the only police officer on the scene at the time of the shooting and his body worn camera was activated and recorded the encounter.”
Yet, with rumors and innuendos reportedly running wild on social media, protesters turn out and even riot.
The scene in front of the Lancaster city police station at 12:22 AM pic.twitter.com/88EXjkkNsM
— Carter Walker (@CarterLNP) September 14, 2020
“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. “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,” Adams continued. “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.”
Munoz appears to have a history of stabbing people, and even threatening his own life with a knife:
Ricardo Munoz, the man who died in the officer-involved shooting in Lancaster today that Black Lives Matter is rioting over, has a history of stabbing people. In 2019, he stabbed four people, including a teenager. pic.twitter.com/8SA9UwtPqy
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 14, 2020
Conservative Matt Walsh tweeted: “The suspect chases after the cop while waving a knife in the air. The cop literally had to choose between shooting or being stabbed to death. BLM says he’s racist for not choosing to be stabbed to death.”
And while it may be a harsh assessment, Walsh also shared this tweet:
This is the man BLM is currently rioting over. Psychopath is chasing the cop and waving his knife like a villain in a horror movie. We are supposed to be overcome with grief and anger that this noble gentleman is no longer with us. pic.twitter.com/ra2CYjQgdo
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 14, 2020
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