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Protests Turn Into Riots in West Philadelphia After Walter Wallace Shot and Killed By Police
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/27/20 1:28 am | updated: 10/27/20 1:28 am
 
Protests grew into riots as demonstrators took to the streets in West Philadelphia on Monday night, 10/26. The crowds reacted after 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. had been shot and killed by Philadelphia police officers during a confrontation on Monday afternoon. It happened around 4 p.m. on the 6100 block of Locust Street. Officers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance and encountered Wallace holding a knife. They opened fire after telling him several times to put down the knife. He did not drop the knife and he continued to approach. Video of the incident was posted on social media. The officers were wearing body cameras and have been placed on administrative leave. Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, and District Attorney Jim Kenney have promised a full investigation.

SEE ALSO: Philadelphia Police Shoot and Kill Man With Knife, 27yo Walter Wallace, in West Philadelphia - Video

It has been a chaotic night in West Philadelphia. Protesters gathered at the 18th Police District at 55th and Pine and confronted officers wearing riot gear. Bricks and other objects were thrown from the crowd injuring several officers. The University City police substation at 40th and Chestnut was vandalized with anti-cop graffiti and smashed windows. Several police vehicles were set on fire near 52nd Street. Rioters also looted businesses along the 52nd Street business district, some of the same businesses that were looted back on May 31. An officer was run over by a protester in a pickup truck. The situation is ongoing into Tuesday morning, 10/27.

UPDATE: 30 officers were injured including a 56-year-old female officer who suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car. 91 protesters were arrested on various charges including burglary, looting, assault on police, failure to disperse, and other charges.









 
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