In Erie, a video of a police officer kicking a protester rages on

By: - June 1, 2020 5:45 pm

During a mid-afternoon briefing, Erie Police Chief Daniel P. Spizarny Sr. addressed the still-simmering national controversy over a viral video that appears to show a city police officer kicking a defenseless protester during a riot on Saturday night.

Capital-Star Erie Correspondent Hannah McDonald has the full story on the incident involving 21-year-old Hannah Silbaugh, of Erie, and city officials’ attempts to deal with the controversy.

Spizarny told reporters that the officer shown in the video kicking Silbaugh identified himself to the chief of police on Sunday morning after learning about the video. The department is not releasing any identifying details about the officer at this time. An internal investigation is being done to determine how to handle the situation

Erie Mayor Joseph Schember told reporters there are currently no plans to lift the state of emergency declared in the city as a result of the unrest Saturday.

 

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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