A Franklin and Marshall College Kappa Delta sorority sister is one of the few people arrested and charged with crimes related to the riots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that occurred last week.
The father of the girl criticized the judge’s decision to set her bail at $1 million, saying it was “obscene” and unconstitutional.
20-year-old Kathryn Patterson is facing felony and misdemeanor charges including arson, vandalism, riot, and undisciplined conduct after her arrest. She was supposedly part of the protests over the fatal police shooting of Ricardo Munoz, who chased a police officer with an intention to kill him.
The 20-year-old is an obvious BLM supporter, constantly uploading BLM photos on Facebook with a description “BLM, all day every day” and leaving comments, “my left fist to symbolize black power.”
The father of the girl, Chip Patterson, criticized the judge and called the $1 million bail “obscene and unconstitutional.”
“Everything that I know so far, which is not a lot, indicates that Kat is not guilty of those charges. But then again, we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
“I cannot tell you how long this night has been. I think regardless of what these people did or didn’t do, the bail amount is just outrageous and clearly against the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits ‘excessive bail,’” Patterson claimed.
Patterson’s attorneys claim she and her companion Taylor Enterline, who was also arrested by the police, were doing nothing more than helping, before they were arrested.
The social justice advocacy group Lancaster Stands Up defined the “absurdly high bail amounts” as “a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability.”