Philadelphia stores closing early Tuesday amid unrest over police shooting

Henrietta Strickland
October 29, 2020

The group marched peacefully for much of the night, chanting Mr Wallace's name.

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

He also called for "justice" in a case still being investigated. Police would not confirm any details about the weapon Wallace was alleged to be holding Tuesday, saying it is still part of the open investigation.

One protester with an ax moved toward police and hacked at the front of a police vehicle before leaving the area, the CNN crew said.

Officers have been pelted with various objects, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said, including bricks, rocks and other projectiles.

"Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management sent a warning to residents in a variety of neighbourhoods reading "[the] Philadelphia Police Department is requesting that all residents in the 12, 16, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26th Districts remain indoors except when necessary. "These areas are experiencing widespread demonstrations that have turned violent with looting".

The shooting was filmed by a witness and posted on social media.

Philadelphia will impose a citywide curfew starting Wednesday at 9pm (02:00 GMT) as the city seeks to quell the looting and violence that marred two nights of protests against the police killing of a Black man who was under mental duress, the mayor's office said on Wednesday. It is unclear whether they were associated with the protest.

In the days since, more than 90 people have been arrested and about 50 police officers injured in clashes with protesters and vandals, including the 1,000 or so who suddenly swarmed a shopping center Tuesday night, breaking windows and stealing merchandise.

"The riots in Philadelphia are the most recent effect of the Liberal Democrats' war against the police", the Trump administration said.

A woman cleans up debris at a Walmart that was damaged in Wednesday night protests in Philadelphia. "Everyone involved, including the officers, will forever be impacted by this tragedy".

© Mark Makela/Getty Images Demonstrators gather near the location where Walter Wallace Jr. was killed.

Protests sparked after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Junior on Monday after he walked toward authorities while wielding a knife, despite being ordered to drop it.

Wallace's mother had been trying to hold him back or shield him from police, according to reports from the scene, and she was just feet from him when he was shot. "Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it, and waving it erratically", Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp told KYW.

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.

Wallace struggled with mental health issues and was bipolar, a family member previously told Fox News. "They are showing disrespect", Wallace Sr. said.

"We have limited resources and we have a large number of people with problems", Kenney said. The officers were backing up before the camera cut briefly away as gunfire erupted and Wallace collapsed. Multiple shots ring out as police fire, striking him. Sgt. Gripp told KYW that an officer took Wallace in his police cruiser to Presbyterian Hospital, where he died.

The Wallace family's attorney, Shaka Johnson, said the man's wife, Dominique Wallace, is pregnant and is scheduled to have labour induced on Wednesday. "A person is in mental decline and in crisis".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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