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WEST CHESTER, PA — In the aftermath of a police shooting in the city of Lancaster, protests ensued and among those arrested was activist Taylor Enterline, 20. She is one of six arrested whose bail was set at $1 million yesterday.

Lancaster Newspapers has reported Enterline was a West Chester University student, who has been living in Manheim, Penn. and leading protests there through the summer.

The protesters are each charged with felony arson, riot and vandalism charges, among other protest-related charges.

Protests broke out in recent days after Lancaster police shot and killed a man who came at officers with a knife on Sunday, Sept. 13. The man’s family confirmed he was mentally ill and they had been seeking help because he was not getting his medication, LNP reported.

Ricardo Miguel Munoz, 27, of Lancaster, was scheduled for trial next month on charges he stabbed four people in March 2019.

Social justice activists say Enterline has been leading peaceful protests and was acting as a medic during protests that followed the fatal shooting of Munoz by police. Lancaster Stands Up said Enterline has peacefully face threats before.

“Taylor Enterline has been standing up for racial justice since 2018, when the Lancaster Police Department brutally tased Sean Williams while he was sitting on the sidewalk. Since then, she has been a community leader and vocal advocate for social justice and police reform, serving as an intern with Lancaster Stands Up, and leading peaceful marches against police brutality, including in Manheim this summer, where she peacefully faced threats from armed militia members. On Sunday night, eyewitnesses reported she and her friend Kathryn Patterson were serving as medics when police charged at them with guns drawn.”

Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth set bail for Enterline and five others at $1 million yesterday. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman immediately called the bail a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that states “Excessive bail shall not be required.”

Lancaster County’s coroner made the determination late Tuesday that Munoz’s death by gunshot wounds was a homicide.

Lancaster Stands Up has accused officials of “politically motivated attacks” on protest movements.

“Over the summer, we’ve seen a pattern of highly unusual arrests and prosecutorial strategies in Lancaster County that appear to indicate local police, prosecutors, and judges are closing ranks and targeting young advocates for social justice who have been calling for police and criminal justice reform. The absurdly high bail amounts indicate that what we’re seeing is not a measured pursuit of justice, but a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability,” the group said Tuesday.

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