Reinstate Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser

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Lancaster City, PA Chief Jarrad Berkihiser is being forced to retire at the end of October 2020 because of a positive comment his wife posted about Trump on Facebook. Mayor Danene Sorace announced Chief Berkihiser’s retirement on Friday Oct. 2 during a news conference in which she did not answer questions and which Cheif Berkihiser did not attend. 

Berkihiser’s wife wrote in answer to LNP: “That afternoon I read an article about a presidential candidate visiting a victim’s family after a critical incident where all the facts are still being investigated and I was sickened that they were used so a politician could pander for votes. I feel this behavior is disrespectful to the family and the community. To sacrifice his career to save face for my remark taken out of context and my political affiliation is terrible. He deserves better. I have heard so many people say he is the right chief for the right time. It is because he is. He is genuine, fair, and truthful in all he does and never for his own gain.”

Some of Berkihiser’s accomplishments in the past three years as Chief of Police include: implementing a department-wide body-camera program, improving the department’s use-of-force policy, creating a community engagement sergeant position, and hiring the city's first police Social Worker. Chief Berkihiser also met with protestors and marched with them following the killing of George Floyd, with intentionality of bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community. 

Please sign this petition if you believe Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was unjustly fired for political reasons in which the Mayor has a responsibility to examine her own biases. Chief Berkihiser should be reinstated as he possesses the compassion, integrity, and deep commitment to Lancaster that is needed for such a time as this.