Lisa Mearkle

Lisa Mearkle

 A cop who was filmed shooting an unarmed elderly man who was lying face down on the ground has been acquitted of murder.

Officer Lisa Mearkle of the Hummelstown Borough Police Department in Pennsylvania was found not guilty of criminal homicide for the shooting death of 59-year-old David Kassick on February 2.

She had attempted to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker, that was displayed on the back of his car.

Kassick fled to his family home, where he tried to run into the backyard. After tasering him several times, Kassick had fallen down face first in the snow, writhing in pain as the police sirens blared.

It was then that Mearkle repeatedly screams at him to show her his hands, to which he complies.

After showing his hands, Mearkle continues to scream at him to show her his hands.

She applies the Taser continuously for almost 30 seconds as he was on the ground, while shouting for him to “get on the ground.”
He is, in fact, on the ground. She shouts, “Show me your hands!”
After receiving 50,000 volts of electricity, Kassick holds his hands forward and says, “I am showing you.”

She then shoots him anyway in the back of the head.

District Attorney Ed Marsico was the one who brought the homicide charges against Mearkle.

He claims that the recording appeared to show that Kassick was trying to remove the painful stun gun probes from his back before he showed Mearkle his hands in compliance with her orders.

In the charge of criminal homicide, the arrest affidavit stated:

“At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground, furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle.”

Mearkle who has been suspended since the incident has since said that she will attempt to get her job back after being cleared of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter and homicide.

After the verdict, Mearkle claimed she was sorry the shooting had happened.

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