Fatal Police Shooting In Philadelphia Sparks Protests, Clashes Overnight

Henrietta Strickland
October 28, 2020

The city has been gripped by violence after police officers shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man a day earlier who they said refused to drop his knife as he "advanced towards" them. "All lethal force incidents must be fully investigated".

According to police, 30 officers were injured in the protests, majority from being struck by projectiles such as bricks and rocks.

Questions immediately swirled about why officers hadn't used a Taser to subdue him and why they fired so many rounds.

On Tuesday night, police urged residents in certain districts to stay inside.

Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr. said Tuesday night that he is haunted by the way his son was "butchered".

Tuesday's clashes appeared for the most part smaller in scale and intensity than those on Monday, when orderly demonstrations gave way to violence that left 30 officers injured and led to more than 90 arrests.

Philadelphia Acting Commerce Director Sylvia Gallier Howard said during a press conference Tuesday that multiple businesses have gotten in touch with the city about closing down due to the unrest.

Wallace, 27, was shot after a confrontation with police in West Philadelphia on Monday.

Shaka Johnson, an attorney representing the Wallace family, told the Inquirer that family called for an ambulance and not officers.

Police spokesperson Tanya Little said officers who arrived ordered the man to drop the knife.

Cathy Wallace, his mother, said one of the times officers visited "they stood there and laughed at us".

One of the officers transported Wallace to a local hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with Wallace's father in front of his home on Tuesday evening.

Video of the fatal confrontation recorded by a bystander and posted on social media shows two police officers pointing their guns at Mr Wallace as he walks in the street and around a auto.

Those protests have been the subject of City Council hearings, with protesters describing harsh and unnecessary tactics, including tear gas and projectiles fired by police.

An Instagram user posted several videos showing tense scenes between protesters and law enforcement in riot gear.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement the video "raises many questions".

Police cars and dumpsters were set on fire as police struggled to contain the crowds in the streets of Philadelphia. Their names haven't been disclosed, but they have been removed from street duty.

REPORTER: In the months since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American killed by a white police officer, demonstrators have turned out nationwide to demand racial equality and an end to police brutality, with protests sometimes turning violent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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