Hummelstown officials ask public to share their concerns about suspended cop

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Borough Council held a workshop meeting Thursday evening to try to figure out what to do with police Officer Lisa Mearkle.

The officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after he fled a traffic stop in February was found not guilty last week.

Still, the public is calling for her dismissal. An online petition has grown to almost 4,300 signatures.

At Thursday’s workshop meeting, the council chamber was filled to capacity.

Lisa Mearkle
Lisa Mearkle

Residents had a chance to voice their concerns about Mearkle returning to the police department.  They were told that no final decision has been made about her employment.

The council has several options. It could put Mearkle back on the street, assign her to desk work, or dismiss her from the police department.

Rose Horner became emotional when she spoke at the podium.

“We have a great police department,” she said. “I feel this woman has destroyed a lot of Hummelstown.”

Horner said Hummelstown can’t move forward if Mearkle returns to work.

“If we are going to heal, she can’t be involved in that,” she said. “I don’t think this division will mend itself.”

When the public comment ended, council went into an executive session.  No vote was taken on Mearkle’s employment.

The next council meeting is scheduled November 19.

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