Walter Wallace: Philadelphia braces for unrest as curfew declared

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 29, 2020

Police said the incident started with a 911 call about a man with a knife, KYW reported.

Hundreds of protesters marched through the U.S. city of Philadelphia for a second night, demanding racial justice after police fatally shot a black man.

Philadelphia police reported that a group of about 1000 people was seen looting businesses in the Port Richmond area of the city just before 9 p.m.

Footage from a news helicopter appeared to show people breaking into and looting a Foot Locker store and another business.

Hundreds of marchers demanded racial justice - largely peacefully - with some jeering and skirmishing with police through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, as Philadelphia became the latest flashpoint in the U.S. on issues of race and police use of force just days before Tuesday's presidential election.

In a statement released early on Wednesday the White House said it "stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots".

Cops have said Wallace had refused to drop to the knife. Their names haven't been disclosed, but they have been removed from street duty.

"There's a lot of confusion about why" police shot the young man dead, Ezra Alidow, a 25-year-old artist, said.

A second night of unrest had been anticipated after more than 90 people were arrested and 30 police officers injured during protests beginning on Monday night.

The White House released a statement arguing that the "riots in Philadelphia are the most recent outcome of the Liberal Democrats' war against the police".

Spurts of violence popped up during protests Tuesday, police said, including bricks being thrown at officers.

The clashes come as Pennsylvania emerges as a key focus of the contentious 2020 election, with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, a native son, locked in a battle for the state's 20 electoral votes.

A White House statement asserted that the unrest was another effect of what it called "Liberal Democrats' war against the police".

© Courtesy Wallace family Walter Wallace Jr., pictured with his mother, was shot and killed by police.

Protesters face off with police during a demonstration Tuesday in Philadelphia.

"No amount of anger at the very real injustices in our society excuses violence", they said. Authorities in Philadelphia say Wallace, a Black man, ignored orders to drop a knife, while his family says he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Phone video of the killing posted on social media showed Wallace push his mother away and then walk towards the police.

Wallace suffered from bipolar disorder, and his psychological difficulties were relayed by his wife to the officers who encountered him before the shooting, a lawyer for his family said. Johnson said Wallace had nine children - two briefly spoke at a news conference late Tuesday, along with Walter Wallace's mother and father.

"When you come to a scene where somebody is in a mental crisis, and the only tool you have to deal with it is a gun ... where are the proper tools for the job?", attorney Shaka Johnson said, according to NBC Washington.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration responded to the ongoing violence in Philadelphia, Pa. and claimed that the looting and rioting is the result of the radical left's war on police.

"I don't condone no violence tearing up the city, looting up stores and all this chaos", stated Walter Wallace Sr.

Neither had a Taser or similar device at the time of the shooting, Outlaw said, noting the department had previously asked for funding to equip more officers with those devices.

"Justice got to be done to help my son and help my family", Wallace Sr. told WTXF-TV. "Why you have to gun him down?" he added, saying that his son was on medication.

Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, said the video of the shooting presented "difficult questions that must be answered", and that he was looking forward to a "speedy and transparent resolution" to the case. I and my staff have been in constant communication since last night with the folks in Philadelphia.

"How many more Black people have to be killed because of police brutality, excessive force, bias, systematic racism, deliberate indifference?"

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