A Lancaster County judge set bail at $1 million for some of the protesters arrested for arson and riot-related charges early Monday morning following the police shooting of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz.
The protesters are each charged with felony arson, riot and vandalism charges, among other protest-related charges. At least six of the eight people arrested Monday morning had bail set at $1 million by Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth on Monday night, according to court documents. One of the protesters was not eligible for bail, and another person’s docket had not yet been updated.
An additional five people - four adults and one juvenile - were arrested on Monday after further investigation, police announced Tuesday. They are still waiting for a judge to set their bail.
The $1 million bail quickly came under fire from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and a local advocacy group, with Fetterman calling it “blatantly unconstitutional” and an infringement on the protesters’ Eighth Amendment right against excessive bail.
“It’s self-evidently unconstitutional,” Fetterman said. “Whatever the merit of the underlying charges, what is absolutely indefensible is a million dollar bail for those charges.”
Roth should reconsider this bail amount, Fetterman said.
Judge sets bail to $1 million for Lancaster protesters;
Ten people have died, including an 8-year-old girl, and at least 42 others have been injured in shootings across Chicago so far this Labor Day weekend.
In the first deadly shooting of the weekend, a 36-year-old man was shot and killed by a family member at a party Friday night in the 9900 block of South Van Vlissingen in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood, according to police officials.
The victim sustained one gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was initially reported to be in critical condition. The unidentified offender was taken into custody, and a weapon was recovered on scene, police said.
About a half-hour later in another part of the city, a 4-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman were standing outside in the 8600 block of South Honore when they were shot by an unknown man inside of a passing black Dodge Challenger.
The child was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital, where he is in good condition. The woman was shot in the lower backside and was transported to the hospital in good condition. No one is in custody, and Area Two detectives are investigating.
At approximately 1:41 a.m. Saturday in the 5000 block of West 50th Street in Vittum Park, a man was shot and killed by police after he stabbed an officer in the vest with a butcher knife, Chicago police stated. Officers responding to a person stabbed were speaking to a victim when an unknown individual approached an officer, produced a knife and stabbed the officer in the vest.