Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz appeared on the Outlook show last month and was asked about the arrest and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "There's totally no way for us to comprehend here how something like that could happen taking into account the policies and practices that we have here," Granitz said. But now, there's a similar looking video involving three Allentown police officers outside St. Luke's Sacred Heart Hospital. In the video, the officers are on top of a man with one using his arm and elbow on the suspect's back to restrain him before pressing his knee onto the man's head and neck area. In a statement, the Allentown PD says "As the officers attempted to restrain the individual, all parties fell to the ground. The individual continued to be non-compliant which required officers to restrain the individual and the hospital applied a spit shield." The man was eventually taken into the hospital, was treated and released. There's no word yet on what, if any, charges the man faces.
The video of Allentown police restraining a man, with one of the officers putting his knee on the man's head and neck area is gaining national attention. Local leaders in Allentown and the attorney for the family of George Floyd took to social media to share their reactions. St. Rep. Mike Schlossberg says he was horrified by the video, but we need to learn more and added that one can't help but see a video like that and immediately jump to the worst conclusions. St. Rep. Peter Schweyer calls the video 'jarring.' Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says this is exactly what led to Floyd's death and demanded the officer's name and badge number be released to the public.
Pennsylvania health officials reported 725 new coronavirus cases Sunday, pushing the state's overall total to 95,414. The number of tests being conducted continues to soar, with more than 130,000 having been done between July 5th and 11th. More than 5300 of those tests came back positive.
The death toll from COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 16 to 15,541. That's the smallest increase in fatalities for New Jersey since May 25th. The state has recorded 175,298 confirmed cases as hospitalizations and new cases have declined from their peak in April.
There are now four more states on Pennsylvania's quarantine list. State officials are asking anyone who visits Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Pennsylvania. Those four states recommended for self-quarantine.
President Trump is calling Sen. Pat Toomey a RINO after Toomey criticized him. On Saturday, Toomey criticized the president for commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, who was sentenced for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice in the investigation over whether the president's campaign colluded with Russia in 2016. Toomey said, "Mr. Stone's conviction and trial should be resolved through the appeals process." The president responded by calling him and frequent Trump critic Mitt Romney RINOs. The president also accused both of not having a problem with his claims that the Obama administration spied on his campaign.
An Adams County commissioner says Confederate monuments should come down at Gettysburg. Marty Qually initially called for the statues to be removed in a Facebook post before deleting it due to an inability to monitor the comments.
Today is the first day Pennsylvania hunters can apply for their anterless deer licenses. Non-residents can apply beginning one week from today.