HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Hummelstown Council and Officer Lisa Mearkle may soon be parting ways.
Mearkle was found not guilty in November after being charged with homicide. She shot and killed 59-year-old David Kassick when he fled a traffic stop. Kassick was unarmed.
During Thursday night’s council workshop session, there was a brief discussion of “separation talks” with Mearkle’s attorney. The proposed separation would happen next month. It is unclear if Mearkle would receive a severance package.
During her trial, Mearkle said she feared for her life because Kassick appeared to repeatedly reach into his jacket while she was tasing him. She says she believed he was reaching for a weapon.
Several in the Hummelstown community have argued that, even though a jury decided she wasn’t guilty, Mearkle violated police department policies during the incident.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition asking the police department to dismiss Mearkle.