PA Police Officer Charged With Criminal Homicide
On February 2, 2015, Hummelstown, PA police officer Lisa Mearkle pulled over 59-year-old David Kassick for an expired inspection sticker. David ran and Mearkle used her stun gun. That activated the recording device on the stun gun and it recorded audio and video portions of the encounter.
Now, the 36-year old Mearkle has been charged with criminal homicide. She was arrested after an investigation, on March 24, 2015, and is currently out of jail on a $250,000 and ordered to wear an ankle monitor.
David’s brother told the media that David was employed as a construction worker and had alcohol problems, but was not violent. Drugs and alcohol were found in David’s body.
Mearkle claimed that she ordered David to show his hands, and thought he was going into his waistband or jacket pocket for a gun. However, the video shows that David was face down on the ground. His hands were showing, were empty, and he was unarmed. Mearkle shot David twice in the back. District Attorney Ed Marsico called the video the strongest evidence in the case.
Attorney Christopher Slusser, one of the Kassick family’s attorneys, stated:
“Mr. Kassick is now dead as a result of a traffic stop, a routine traffic stop. He should not be dead. He should not have died as a result of that traffic stop. And the manner in which he was shot — you can infer from that what you will.”