VIOLENCE broke out at an anti-racism protest in Philadelphia on Monday, October 26, after a black man was shot by police earlier in the day.
27-year-old Walter Wallace had approached two police officers with a knife and was shot after being warned to put the weapon down.
#US/(Graphic): Man with a knife shot 10+ times by police in Philadelphia. A video shows he was at least 10 ft away from the officers when they began shooting as his mother begged them not to shoot. No attempt to de-escalate seen. Protests have broken out. pic.twitter.com/ZLeLpu5bC2
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) October 27, 2020
During the protests around 30 officers were hit with bricks as the protests outside a police station in Philadelphia turned violent.
In separate statements, both Mayor Jim Kenny and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said there would be an investigation into the shooting:
“The Shooting Investigation Unit of the Philadelphia police department will conduct a full investigation,” Kenney said.
The United States has been rocked by violent protests since the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd back in May after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Reggie Shuford, executive director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union said: “It is time to divest in police and invest in community programs, including the kind of mental health services that allow intervention that may have prevented Mr. Wallace’s killing.”
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