Law enforcement officials in Philadelphia shot and killed a Black man as he walked towards them on the street on Monday afternoon. Police mentioned the person was carrying a knife.
Footage of the shooting circulated on social media. It exhibits two officers with their weapons drawn strolling backwards as the person approached them. The police fired a number of instances, and the person, who the Philadelphia Inquirer identified as William Wallace Jr., crumpled to the bottom.
The Inquirer reported that Wallace died of his accidents at a close-by hospital. Wallace’s father, William Wallace Sr., advised the newspaper that his son suffered from psychological well being issues. “Why did not they use a Taser?” the daddy requested. “His mom was attempting to defuse the state of affairs.”
Philadelphia, like many different cities across the country, was the location of main protests this summer time after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 1000’s of peaceable protesters marched through Philadelphia’s downtown; some folks burned police automobiles, ransacked shops, and clashed with police.
Between 100 and 200 protesters gathered after Wallace’s demise on Monday night time, in a neighborhood the place folks had demonstrated over Floyd’s demise, the Inquirer reported.
Early Tuesday morning, a dashing truck ran over a police officer who was on responsibility on the protests. Philadelphia’s native Fox TV station reported that the officer is in the hospital with a broken leg.