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Smart Talk: Tasers; Budget update; Theatre Harrisburg changes

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 13, 2015 3:22 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, November 13, 2015:

The not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle last week still has many Central Pennsylvanians talking.  Officer Mearkle shot and killed 59-year-old David Kassick while he was face down on the ground.  In the video, Mearkle repeatedly yells at Kassick to show his hands.  She testified that she shot him when he appeared to be reaching inside his coat.

The shooting came after Mearkle hit Kassick with a Taser weapon to incapacitate him.  That is one part of the incident that has gotten much scrutiny publicly.

On Friday's Smart Talk, Steve Tuttle of Taser, Incorporated discusses what the weapon is designed to do and whether those who have been hit with a Taser can respond to commands.

Also, WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson appears on the program to provide an update on state budget negotiations.

Earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders both said a framework was in place to reach agreement on a spending plan that is now more than 135 days late.  In fact, both sides a deal could be worked out by Thanksgiving.  Mary will give us some insight.

Finally, Theatre Harrisburg is celebrating its 90th anniversary. And this year, there's been a changing of the guard with a new Executive Director taking over the direction of the organization. WITF's Cary Burkett sat down with both outgoing and incoming directors, to reflect on Theatre Harrisburg's long history and find out what's ahead.

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  • Lisa img 2015-11-13 09:47

    My personal feeling is that there is absolutely no valid reason whatsoever for shooting someone for fleeing from a routine traffic stop over expired registration. This was excessive use of force. Why didn't she call for backup and wait? I feel that the prosecutor didn't do the victim justice mostly because of the close relationship between the DA office and the police. For any prosecution of police there should be a special prosecutor, unrelated to the DA's office, in charge of the case.