Pennsylvania Cop Who Killed Man by Shooting Him in Back While Tasering Him Acquitted

by Carlos Miller
Nov. 05, 2015

Panicked that he was reaching for a gun, a Pennsylvania cop repeatedly tasered a man as he lay facedown in the snow, sending him into convulsions while yelling at him to stop moving.

When the man would not stop convulsing, Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot him twice in the back, killing him.

Earlier today, a jury acquitted the 37-year-old police officer after viewing her body cam footage of the February 2, 2015 incident.

The video shows a complete overreaction on her part as there was no indication David Kassick even had a gun.

He was a 59-year-old man who took off running after she had pulled him over for an expired inspection sticker, which somehow made her “convinced he had a gun in his jacket and was reaching for it,” according to NBC News.

“Show me your hands!” she yelled while tasering him; a taser in her left hand, a gun in her right.

But when he lifted his hands in the air, she continued tasering him, sending him into convulsions again where he involuntarily lowered his hands.

And that is when she shot him.

In a rational world, she would have been convicted of murder.

But there is rarely rationality when it comes to prosecuting cops, who are viewed as delicate gods in the legal system.
Mearkle’s lawyer, Brian Perry, said Kassick’s actions needed to be watched carefully, arguing that the conflict had escalated to the point where it was reasonable for Mearkle to conclude that Kassick was reaching for a weapon.

“It’s unfortunate, it’s tragic, nobody is celebrating death, but we think the jury reached the right verdict,” Perry said.
Even Mearkle admitted it was your basic comply or die death.

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