Philadelphia police shooting of Black man sparks unrest

Clay Curtis
October 27, 2020

Sgt. Eric Gripp, a police spokesman, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that officers were called to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood and encountered the man, who was with at least one other person and "they appeared to be in some sort of altercation". Protesters set a police auto ablaze and more than 30 were arrested.

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets late Monday into early Tuesday with interactions between protesters and police turning violent at times, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Looters are seen running away with as much as they can carry from stores in West Philadelphia. The officer has been hospitalized, according to the Inquirer.

Police approach her and she lashes out at them standing over Mr Wallace's lifeless body. More than a dozen officers, many with batons in hand, formed a line as they ran down 52nd Street chasing protesters from the main thoroughfare.

Police with riot gear and shields then pushed the crowd away from the police building, charging people through the street as trash cans and various other projectiles were pelted at them by an increasingly militant local crowd.

The shooting occurred shortly before 4 officers responded to a report of domestic violence.

Video of the fatal confrontation recorded by a bystander and posted on social media shows officers pointing their guns at a man as he walked in the street and around a vehicle.

Many witnesses were present for Wallace's death and his family, friends and neighbors quickly reacted with grief and rage to the sight of him being gunned down dead in the street. They yell at him to put his knife down.

Both then fired several shots at the man and he collapsed in the street.

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The protests were sparked by the death of Wallace, who had been shot multiple times by two police officers.

It is unclear in the video if he had a knife.

No officers or bystanders were injured in the confrontation, Little said. It is not clear from the video what happens immediately prior to the shooting because the camera tilts down and both Wallace and the officers are out of frame.

The names and races of the officers were not immediately released.

A police vehicle burns during a protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., late Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Philadelphia.

He questioned why the police couldn't have simply used a taser.

Mr Wallace's father, also named Walter, told reporters his son had mental health issues and questioned why police had weapons drawn.

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