OFFICER CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

Hummelstown (PA) police officer, Lisa Mearkle has been charged with criminal homicide after fatally shooting David Kassick while on duty February 2nd, 2015. See video below.

Officer Mearkle stopped Kassick for an expired state safety inspection sticker when he fled the scene. Mearkle eventually caught up to him and tazed him repeatedly, she then decided to shoot him in the back because he refused (or was unable) to show his hands. According to ABC27.com:

The district attorney said Kassick did not have a gun and never brandished anything that could have been viewed as a potential weapon. He said the only item recovered near Kassick was a syringe.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police, Kassick was not physically aggressive, had no contact with Mearkle, and was not facing her when she fired the first shot. Mearkle again ordered Kassick to show his hands and was still using the stun gun when she fired the second shot, again while Kassick was facing the ground.

“She did not know what this person had under his belly and he kept going to it time and time again,” her attorney, Brian Perry, said. “She felt that pulling that trigger was the only option she had to protect her life.”Mearkle told investigators she fired because she believed Kassick was reaching for a gun in his jacket pocket and because he ignored her orders to show his hands. She acknowledged that she did not see him display anything that could have been considered a weapon, the complaint states.

For those of you that are delighted that this officer is about to go down. Please, don’t hold your breath just yet. This is not the first time a police officer has been charged with some variation of murder. Rocky Ford Police officer, James Ashby, was arrested for fatally shooting Jack Jacquez in front of the victim’s mother in their own home – just last month. Albuquerque prosecutors also brought charges against SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy for their roles in the shooting death of James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man with a history of mental illness who was camping in the city’s Sandia Foothills last March. Those cases haven’t gone through the legal system entirely but I wouldn’t expect much, considering the same “justice” system let Kelly Thomas’s killers walk free.

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Sure, it’s nice to see some sort of accountability but I can’t help but think that these officers were just too stupid to drop a gun or give the internal investigation team an easy (though often lame) out. When you storm into someone’s house and shoot them in the back, or while they are face down, then you’re going to need a better story than, “he didn’t put his hands where I could see them.” These goons never got that memo but I’m not convinced that their badge, especially since Mearkle is a 14 year vet, isn’t going to get them some sort of special treatment.

If justice can’t be served to these families then I hope a message is being sent to active LEO’s that there are times you will be prosecuted just like the rest of us. So be careful coppers, don’t draw that weapon too soon and make sure you’re thinking logically… or you might find yourself in a bad place for former cops; prison. Or you could always quit and provide the service of protection via your own business, instead of the government’s way.

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  • IP attorney

    Fry her a**! Just as if she was a regular Joe

  • Gabe Davis

    Fucking stupid cunt. Fry her ass.

  • ymygody

    electrocution is too good for her. but seeing how corruption is systemic within the Justice system, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the lowest punishment possible. piece of shit pig mother fuckers.

  • Common Sense

    Charged is one thing, convicted is another. Her dual welding won’t help her defense. I would expect a plea with a agreed upon minimum sentence.

    “…Pennsylvania law also provides for a voluntary manslaughter charge when a
    person intentionally or knowingly kills an individual if, at the time
    of the killing, he believes the circumstances would justify the
    killing-even though the belief is unreasonable. Voluntary manslaughter
    is a felony in the first degree and punishable by up to 20 years in
    prison….”

  • Alexander Vucelic

    killer cops should have their names published far and wide. They should never be able to escape public accountability for their crimes. Their neighbors, family, schoolchums, and children should all know the murderous killer in their midsts. The worst punishment for anyone is eternal shame and Ostracizism.

  • JC

    More Ademo dramatics. Why did the guy run? This will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  • martymarsh

    Why would you feel threatened by someone running away from you unless they were shooting at you as they were running?

  • Shawn

    Like I’ve said, after the Dorner hunt, really before, cops have lost any concept of what reasonable fear even means. You didn’t used to hear about some of these ridiculous shootings, like the Dorner hunt one.

  • Shawn

    ““She did not know what this person had
    under his belly and he kept going to it time and time again,” her
    attorney, Brian Perry, said.”

    Is there anything but her word to back even this up? Seriously, since had no gun, you can’t argue he thought he was reaching for one. It isn’t unheard of for a cop to embellish the truth when accused, in order to make their actions look more reasonable.

  • keepitreal

    What’s insane is most people don’t realize just how dangerous the decision by the LA County DA to call the Dorner shootings “justified” is for anybody, literally ANYBODY, who is out and about if somebody is threatening to shoot cops. Because he basically said the cops are free to shoot anybody for any reason, or as in the case of the Torrance shootings, absolutely no reason at all, if somebody has threatened cops.

  • keepitreal

    She’ll be acquitted. She’ll ask for a bench trial, and her atty will weep to the judge about how heroic she is, and how terribly dangerous the job of a cop is (which it is, only it’s dangerous to everybody else, not the cop) and how she was just sure that any moment the guy would roll over with a bazooka or RPG. The Judge will call it all good. Watch and see. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t expect to be. I mean, when “the suspect appeared to reach for something in his waistband” is ruled as justification, what hope of this cunt being convicted?

  • keepitreal

    Turns out he was running because somebody told him you had gotten into his sheep pen, slaps. Didn’t want all his sheep tainted by your foulness. So he was trying to get to his sheep in Winter Park. Which isn’t in San Diego, by the way, you must have failed geography miserably.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Running or not this case didn’t need to the level that it had. I saw the video. This officer acted shamefully and with total malice in my opinion. I’m glad she’s off the streets and will soon get what she deserves.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    This is one officer who got what’s coming to her. I can only hope that the judge and/or jury really throw it at her and she spends a very long time in prison.

  • JC

    Like I said in my previous post. This will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  • simpleton

    Is there a place online where I can watch the video?

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    I saw it on a Facebook post that was on my daughter’s timeline. If I run into it again, I’ll post up a link.

  • ISIS is a hoax

    don’t worry folks, he’ll be exonerated, rehired, promoted and given a raise

  • ISIS is a hoax

    naw, they get big promotions and continue the cycle. they especially love the video’s cop blockers take so they can have jack-off sessions in the morning meetings.

  • Common Sense

    Actully I heard about them within hours. Like is said before, look at lapdonline – all of their shootings are there.

  • Yankeefan

    The DA didn’t buy her garbage either!

    A police officer is justified in using deadly force when it is reasonably necessary to protect the officer from death or serious bodily injury. Marsico noted that Mr. Kassick was unarmed and never brandished any object or item that could have been viewed as a potential weapon. The only item recovered near Mr. Kassick was a syringe. “We realize police officers place their lives on the lines every day, but an officer can only use deadly force when it is necessary,” Marsico said.

  • Sikko

    According to some news reports there was taser video

  • Eric

    ” Why do you need an attorney if you didn’t do anything wrong?”

    – Police

  • vegas jack

    Moron

  • vegas jack

    Like I said…Moron

  • jake

    Maybe he should have just stopped and took the hit for possession and he would still be alive. Or just follow instructions and he would still be alive

  • ACAB

    ^^ jake enjoys being a slave

  • Suzanne Kassick Gourd

    Exactly

  • You should understand man who violated the orders of the police. He is someone who violates the law. And he must be punished. At that time, the police command is legal. But police brave to die for keep his prestige. Police need to kill to preserve his dignity. And the dignity of the law. It mean police can not capitulate any criminal. Even though he must die.