Mother of police shooting suspect blames Black Lives Matter

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 2, 2016 1:40 PM
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(COLUMBIA) -- The mother of one of two central Pennsylvania teenagers charged with shooting at police officers last week contends the Black Lives Matter movement is to blame for her son's actions.

Lancaster County's district attorney says there's no indication the shooting was racially motivated, but one suspect told officers he was targeting police.

District Attorney Craig Stedman says anti-police rhetoric could be fueling such attacks.

Officers in the borough of Columbia were responding to a report of gunshots near a cemetery early Friday when their own vehicles came under fire. No officers were injured.

Seventeen-year-old Marquell Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Nace have been arrested.

Over the weekend, Rentas' mother issued a statement blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for inspiring the teens' actions.

A local Black Lives Matter organizer says his group rejects using violence.

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