Community speaks out about Officer Mearkle at Hummelstown council meeting

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – The Hummelstown community weighed in on police Officer Lisa Mearkle’s future for the second time this month.

Many have been asking if she should stay on the job following her acquittal in the shooting of an unarmed driver who fled a traffic stop in February.

Mearkle Trial - Day 2 - Still4Everyone who spoke at last week’s Council meeting said they didn’t want Mearkle to return, but Thursday night was a different story.

Now, some say it’s time for her to come back.

Public comment at Thursday’s meeting began with a show of support for the suspended police officer who wants to return.

Tom Green lives in South Hanover Township and says mistakes were made. He says David Kassick shouldn’t have ran, Officer Mearkle shouldn’t have shot him, and the jury got it wrong.

“I just ask you: would give serious thought about not making a fourth mistake?” Green said to the council.

Some have said that Mearkle was an asset to the community, but others disagree.

“She committed murder. David Kassick did nothing to be shot in the back twice,” Sandra Martinez said.

Angela Hollinger was in support of Mearkle, saying the town can move forward with her back on the force.

“I feel that she would be effective if she came back. I think law abiding citizens would appreciate her coming back,” Hollinger said.

No decision was made into whether Mearkle will return to her job.

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