David Kassick can be seen struggling on the ground on his belly, writhing in pain for the taser. Hummelstown police officer Mearkle continues to tase him again and again, somehow believing borderline torture would improve the situation.
Apparently threatened by the cries of pain and largely involuntarily moments of David and perceiving his attempts to removing the electrodes as an attempt to find a gun, officer Mearkle proceeded to shoot him twice in the back.
Despite video evidence of the event, a jury cleared her of all charges. It seems that the potential fear of a law officer trumps the objective danger posed by a man writhing in pain. This is a view not just held by those in the jury though: Chick’s Tavern in Hummelstown coordinated with local police to show their supporter for officer Mearkle with a “benefit” towards her $250,000 bail.
Unsurprisingly, the restaurant has been receiving mountains of negative feedback on their social media accounts after their decision. It doesn’t matter now: her bail has been refunded since a Dauphin County jury acquitted Hummelstown officer Lisa Mearkle of third-degree murder and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges in the shooting. It’s a strange precedent to set, in my opinion, and I hope continued social pressure and outrage at excessive brutality will spur better training.