The shooting of a black man in Philadelphia on Monday night sparked protests and clashes between police and local residents.
The black man was identified as Walter Wallace, who was killed during a confrontation on Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia. Wallace reportedly began threatening Police with a knife. The video, recorded by local residents, shows police officers telling Wallace to put down the knife as they return to the street. Wallace follows them into the street. The two cops then shot Wallace and killed him with a bevy of bullets.
The Philadelphia police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr. today and shot him more than ten times while standing at least ten feet away. He allegedly had a knife but the police made NO attempts to de-escalate the situation in this video. They set out to kill Wallace in front of his loved ones! pic.twitter.com/U2zYGqK7Ag
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) October 27, 2020
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw made a joint statement that promised a full investigation into the incident.
“I have directed the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit to begin the investigation. I can see that the video of the incident raises a lot of questions, ”Outlaw said in her statement. “The residents have my assurance that these questions will be fully answered by the investigation. When I was there tonight, I heard and felt the wrath of the church. Everyone involved will be forever affected. I will use what the investigation reveals to answer the many unanswered questions that there are. I also plan to have a meeting with members of the ward and members of Mr. Wallace's family with the Mayor to hear their concerns as soon as this can be planned. "
Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his wife and Wallace's mother tried to defuse the situation before the police shot him.
"Why didn't you use a taser?" Wallace Sr. asked the investigator. “His mother tried to defuse the situation. He has mental health problems, ”said Wallace Sr., adding that his son was on medication. "Why do you have to throw him down?"
Philadelphia residents did not wait to express their anger. Citizens clashed with police officers all night and threw stones, bricks and glass bottles at them. Fox 29, a local Philadelphia subsidiary, reported that 30 officers were injured in the riot. Most of the police suffered minor injuries, but one officer broke her leg after police said she was hit by a pickup truck.
Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton posted a video on Twitter of the police withdrawal saying, "The Liberal Philadelphia Attorney has left his police force and is refusing to enforce the law."
The Liberal Philadelphia Attorney has left his police force and refuses to enforce the law. Thirty officers were injured in riot last night – and as always, the biggest victims are the city's most at risk.
We must save America's cities from this destruction pic.twitter.com/wJW6nzozl7
– Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 27, 2020
The protesters also set fire to police cruisers and dumpsters and local businesses, including a foot locker that was broken into and vandalized. About 40 people in Philadelphia were arrested overnight on numerous charges including looting and vandalism.