UPDATED – * RACISM IN LANCASTER COUNTY – CONTINUED

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A LETTER OF APOLOGY

     At Mackenzie Brandt’s preliminary hearing one felony aggravated assault charge was withdrawn and the other was changed to simple assault (see the docket below). It is not known why the DA’s office agreed to that except Brandt is white and it was her birthday.
     And “getting rid of the two felonies” allowed Lancaster County Common Pleas Judge Margaret Miller (pictured left) to accept an ARD plea. That means she did no jail time but she was ordered to do 50 hours of community service and write a “Letter of apology to Lancaster City Police Officer.”
     There will be more tomorrow.

DID SHE DO JAIL TIME?

*    “The woman was resisting arrest. While the officer was trying to control her the first time, she was kicking at him,” he said. As the officer had her pinned against the patrol car, she continued struggling and trying to kick him, he said.
     “She’s still actively resisting arrest,” he [then Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser] said.
From the LNP article, “3 arrested after woman punches off-duty police officer outside Lancaster bar after birthday celebration: police,” (click here).

     Assaulting a police officer automatically brings the very serious charge of aggravated assault, a felony, and MacKenzie Brandt (pictured being arrested) was charged with two of them. What happened to those charges? 
*****

WHO GETS UNSECURED BAIL?

     Elizabeth Low, a public defender with the office, said that as a public defender, she and her colleagues see inequality in the justice system “all the time.”

From the LNP article, “Lancaster County Public Defenders show support for Black Lives Matter movement,” (click here).
     A commenter to this site said this in part under yesterday’s post:
     I don’t see this as a Black or White issue.
     I understand that there is a lot more than race involved in this story; however, I don’t believe for one minute that if a 27-year-old black man had injured their four-month-old baby in this way that he would be free on unsecured  bail. I don’t believe it for a minute.

3 Responses to UPDATED – * RACISM IN LANCASTER COUNTY – CONTINUED

  1. Anonymous says:

    How was/is Berkiser a bigot?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Surely you can’t believe a damn thing that bigot Berkiser says, that’s why he’s gone!

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