A “mostly peaceful” riot broke out in Philadelphia on Monday night after police officers shot and killed a black man threatening them with a knife. Protesters gathered in front of the police precinct and began throwing rocks and bottles at the cops lined up behind barricades.
Cops cars and dumpsters were set on fire as police struggled to contain the crowds. More than a dozen officers, many with batons in hand, formed a line as they ran down 52nd Street chasing protesters away from the main thoroughfare. The crowd largely dispersed then.
Lauren Dawn Johnson, a reporter for FOX 29, took to Twitter to update her followers on the condition of the officers who suffered injuries.
Thirty officers were injured, most of them from being struck by projectiles such as bricks and rocks, according to preliminary information from police. A 56-year-old sergeant was hospitalized in stable condition with a broken leg and other injuries after she was struck by a pickup truck, while the other injured officers were treated and released, according to police and FOX 29.
Thirty officers were injured in the riot, including a sergeant who was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and other injuries. All the others were treated and released. Officers can be seen retreating in this video:
#Philly not playing pic.twitter.com/xakwa5vGr4
— CARTER 3x (@Iamking_Kha) October 27, 2020
One young father took his young son to the front of the protest.
West Philly Chase Jones brought his 3-year-old son, Chase, to the front of the police line at 55 and Pine to confront police with riot shields. “This is what racism looks like,” he told his son, eye to eye with a white officer. “Take a look.” pic.twitter.com/KpW1P1bWun
— Samantha Melamed (@samanthamelamed) October 27, 2020
Presumably, he walked his son directly past burning cop cars and dumpsters. Did he say anything about how to “respond” to racism?
As shown in this video, the man was shot as he approached officers holding a knife in plain view. (WARNING: Strong language)
It’s hard to “de-escalate a situation” when someone is rapidly approaching, threatening you with a knife. Could they have talked him down? He didn’t appear willing to listen to reason or logic.
Why is it acceptable behavior to approach armed officers with a knife? Or a gun? And if it isn’t, what are officers to do?
Pretty sure he could have shown his son racism at home. Obviously, he himself is a racist.
I guess Crump didn’t learn it in ambulance-chasing school, but telling the suspect to “DROP THE KNIFE” IS trying to de-escalate the situation.
True. Absolutely true. Yet, what is also true is that charges or even convictions don’t appease crowds that really don’t care about the victim or justice; they just want to loot, riot and burn because they have been incited to hate.
Apparently, in a life threatening situation, the officer’s only option is to die. One way or the other, the lynch mob or the suspect is going to get them.
Not sure shooting him in the leg would have done much good. Sorry joe, you do not know shit about law enforcement.
Also, too bad a social worker could not arrive soon enough to deescalate the situation. Guess that whole re imagine law enforcement thing may not be sure a good idea.
Does any one have the dispatch call? Why were the police even there?
Ok Found it
Hours earlier, shortly before 4 p.m., police said, two officers responded to the 6100 block of Locust Street after a report of a man with a knife. Family members identified him as Walter Wallace Jr.
A video posted on social media showed Wallace walking toward the officers and police backing away. The video swings briefly out of view at the moment the gunfire erupts but he appeared to be multiple feet from them when they fired numerous shots.
Another domestic where even the family is terrified of him with a knife, should these calls to 911 be transferred to a receptionist for a therapist for appointment?
Does an officer have to be stabbed first before responding with lethal force?
@kitt: They should be transferred to BLM. Let them arrive and “de-escalate”. If the suspect murders some people in the meantime, I guess that’s just the price we pay… right?
After seeing this I reviewed Utah’s self defense laws.
Seems in Utah, at least, even a non-police officer would be fully justified in shooting (to kill) that man who was coming at him/her with a knife.
Mama’s yelled advice to leave him be is irrelevant.
Walter Wallace, Jr., was NOT armed. No AK-47 was found on his person or near him. Armed means with a military weapon. No one ever dies except from military weapons. Just check your crime statistics. Knife wounds are NOT fatal. It is only Great Britain which has tried to outlaw knives, and they are wimps.
The peaceful protests, window breaking, police car damage, and looting was totally legitimate. It is the police brutality which is at fault here.
Millions of dollars of damage must be done to get the point across. NO MORE SHOOTING UNARMED BLACK MEN WITH KNIVES!
Just let them kill some cops, then the wheels of justice will take care of the rest.
@mathman: Maybe the people being threatened by Wallace shouldn’t have called the cops since, as everyone knows, cops kill black people out of sport and racism. I guess they wanted him dead.