Riots, vandalism and looting broke out in Philadelphia on Monday night after police fatally shot and killed a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife during a domestic riot phone call.
Late into the night, the growing anger boiled into a violent commotion near the Philadelphia Police building in the 18th district. Several officers were injured by bricks and other projectiles thrown at them by a crowd of demonstrators.
At least 30 officers were injured and 12 were hospitalized, including a 56-year-old policewoman who broke a leg after being hit by a fast-moving pickup truck shortly before 1 a.m. that hit a line of officers in the According to the Philadelphia Police, the city center was closed.
Several cases of looting have been reported across the city, with at least one patrol car set on fire in the chaos. Police said several stores were ransacked, including several Rite Aid stores in West Philadelphia, clothing and shoe stores, and a restaurant.
The unruly scenes were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a man believed to be suffering from a mental illness who was killed by officers shortly before 4 p.m. while on a national call along the 6100 block of Locust Street.
When the police arrived they said they found Wallace with a knife. Police said they repeatedly asked Wallace to drop the blade, but he did not surrender.
Two officers then opened fire and beat the 27-year-old several times. Wallace was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
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At least four officers were hospitalized, including a policewoman who was hit by a fast moving pickup truck that was videotaping to meet a number of officers downtown
Several cars were set on fire during the protest. At least one patrol car (see above) was among the burning vehicles
Late into the night, the growing anger outside Philadelphia Police headquarters in Ward 18, west of the city, turned into a violent altercation when several officers were injured by bricks and other projectiles thrown at them by a crowd of protesters
Sharif Proctor raised his hands in front of the police line during a protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. Monday
Protests erupted after police fatally shot and killed a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife during a confrontation on Monday afternoon
Protests were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. (above), who was killed shortly before 4 p.m. by officers during a domestic call along the 6100 block of Locust Street
The deadly confrontation was captured on video by a viewer who later posted the clip on social media.
The video shows two officers pointing their guns at a man walking away from them on the street and crouching around a car.
The man then reappears in the frame and approaches the officers with an outstretched arm.
The officers withdraw from him when he continues towards them in the middle of the street with guns drawn.
"Put the knife down, put the knife down," says an officer in the clip.
Both officers then open fire on Wallace and shoot at least 14 shots. Wallace then collapses on the street.
A woman believed to be Wallace's mother runs up to Wallace and hysterically yells "No" to the officers. She then seems to throw something at one of the police officers. Several other spectators then run past.
"You really had to take so many damn shots for him?" You hear the man who is recording the footage.
At least a dozen evidence markers were found at the crime scene.
Witnesses and neighbors told ABC6 that they want to know why less lethal force was not used.
Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp told the Philadelphia Inquirer that officers had ordered Wallace to drop the gun and that he had "approached the officers." According to Gripp, investigators are reviewing the footage of what happened. Both officers wore body cameras.
Gripp said it was unclear how many times the man was shot or where he was hit in his body.
Riots: Police face charges against a crowd of protesters in the early hours of Tuesday on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia
A police officer lies on the ground before being loaded into an ambulance on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Police pushed back a woman who had argued with them on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday morning
A group of residents took to the streets to protest Wallace's death near the location where he was shot, yelled at police and questioned the officers' use of lethal force
The protesters confronted the police, who stood in a line with protective shields behind metal barricades near the police station
The video posted on social media shows protesters throwing stones, trash cans and other projectiles at an advancing line of riot police
Glass can also be heard in the background of the video as projectiles hit the officers' shields
On Monday evening, a group of residents took to the streets to protest Wallace's death near where he was fired, shouting at police and questioning the officers' use of lethal force.
At around 6:30 pm, the crowd dispersed from Locust Street and dozens of around 200 protesters gathered in Malcolm X Park on 51st and Pine Streets and sang "Black Lives Matter" according to the investigator.
Then they marched to the police station on 55th and Pine Streets and sang, "Say his name: Walter Wallace."
The protesters confronted the police, who stood in a line with protective shields behind metal barricades near the police station.
The video posted on social media shows protesters throwing stones, trash cans and other projectiles at an advancing line of riot police. Glass can also be heard in the background of the video as projectiles hit the officers' shields.
A policewoman was admitted to the hospital after being pulled down by a speeding black pickup truck just before 1am outside 5201 Chestnut St.
In a video posted on social media, the truck hurtles through an intersection and hits several officers. At least one officer stayed below and onlookers ran to their aid.
The truck was later stopped by police and the driver is in custody, according to freelance news photographer Shane B. Murphy.
The exact number of officers beaten or the status of the hospital officer is not immediately known.
Protester Mahogany, who took footage of the policeman who was hit, told DailyMail.com, “The policewoman who was run over was either a sergeant or a lieutenant, she was hit by a truck or a car. She was badly hit, she fell on the floor, I think her leg was injured. A few cops were fucked for what they deserved and hit in the head with bottles. They deserve everything they received. & # 39;
In a video posted on social media, the truck races through an intersection and hits an officer
An officer stayed downstairs and spectators ran to their aid. The truck was later stopped by police and the driver is now in custody, according to news photographer Shane B. Murphy
Fireworks are set off in the middle of the street during the protest in West Philadelphia on Monday evening
Another group of protesters also marched into the university town, where at least one television news vehicle was destroyed
Police cleared a section of 52nd Street in West Philadelphia early Tuesday
Police took several people in handcuffs to a police car on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday morning
An officer pushes a man who is trying to speak to protesters who are handcuffed and loaded into a police car on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia
Mahogany continued, “We need a change because if there is no change it will get worse. We have to get to a neutral point on how the police treat Americans, especially black men and women, Latinos, anyone with color is being treated ridiculously.
“If that was a white man with a knife, they would have handled it differently. Police officers are taught to arrest criminals in different ways and with different procedures. They shoot first and ask questions later.
“We, the blacks, are tired of being shot at by officers, we are tired of being scared and scared for our lives by officers. We're tired of being scared when we drive, when we walk the streets because we're black. We are tired of being racially profiled.
“The protest shouldn't be violent, but the only way these cops understand is to fight violence with violence. Our young black men die from people who are supposed to protect and serve. We're scared to death of cops. & # 39;
Another group of protesters also marched into the university town, where at least one television news vehicle was destroyed. Police reported that Chestnut Street windows were broken and the walls were covered in graffiti.
Looting cases have also been reported across the city, according to local reports.
A group of 20 to 30 men were reported to be raiding a Target store along Chestnut Street. A video posted on social media also showed a large group trying to break into a nearby Sunray Drugs store.
A SWAT team and K-9 unit reportedly responded to a Rite Aid deal in the area after looters allegedly used explosives to gain access to a rear money storage room. A bomb disposal unit was reportedly called to the scene.
Several cars and dumpsters were also set on fire. At least one of these vehicles was a patrol car with an inquirer Reporter Anna Orso Uploaded a picture of the burning SUV along Streets 52nd and Market to Twitter.
A video posted by on Twitter Post Millennial Editor Andy Ngo also showed a group of activists who broke into a PD truck from Philadelphia.
It is currently unclear how many people were arrested and how many officers were injured in the protests.
Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., told reporters that his son had been shot ten times
Wallace Jr. was rushed to the hospital after being shot, where he was later pronounced dead
Walter Wallace Sr. (above) said his son had mental health problems and was on medication
At least a dozen evidence markers were found at the crime scene. Around 14 recordings can be heard in the video
Officers immediately drew their weapons, he said. Wallace's mother stood beside him, chasing after him as he walked down the porch steps to the officers, still holding the knife
Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., told reporters that his son had been shot ten times.
"Why didn't you use a taser?" He asked outside his family home. "His mother tried to spread the word."
Wallace Sr. said his son had mental health problems and was on medication.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kennedy made a statement Monday night: “My prayers are with Walter Wallace's family and friends. I saw the video of this tragic incident and it has tough questions that need to be answered.
"I spoke to Mr. Wallace's family tonight and will continue to do my best to hear their concerns firsthand and answer their questions as far as I can," he continued, promising to conduct a full investigation.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw also offered her residence her "assurances that these questions will be fully answered by the investigation".
"When I was there tonight, I heard and felt the anger of the community," she said. “Everyone involved will be affected forever. I will use what the investigation reveals to answer the many unanswered questions that are there. I also plan to have a meeting with members of the ward and members of Mr. Wallace's family with the Mayor to hear their concerns as soon as this can be planned. "
The witness Maurice Holloway, who was speaking to his aunt on the street when he heard the police arrive, said Wallace had been standing on the porch of his house with a knife.
Officers immediately drew their weapons, he said. Wallace's mother stood beside him, chasing after him as he walked down the porch steps to the officers, still holding the knife.
Holloway said Wallace's mother tried to protect him from the officers and told police he was her son.
"I'm screaming," put the gun down, put the gun down, "and everyone says," Don't shoot him, he'll put her down, we know him, "Holloway told the investigator.
Wallace's mother tried to grab her son, he said, but he shrugged and then walked over to the officers.
"He turns around and then you hear the gunshots," said Holloway. “You were too far from him. There were so many shots. "
Bricks and a number of other projectiles were reportedly thrown at them at the police station
Another group of protesters also marched into the university town, where at least one television news vehicle was destroyed
People gather in protest in response to police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. Monday
Around 200 people were seen marching through the city on Monday evening, scenes that have since become chaos
It is unclear whether the police made any arrests. Several officers are said to have been injured so far
Looting has also been reported across the city, according to local reports
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner released a statement Monday that his office's Special Investigation Unit will be working with police to investigate the shooting.
"The Philadelphia Prosecutor's Office takes its obligation to be fair and seek justice seriously," said Krasner. & # 39; The DAO special investigation unit responded to today's fatal shooting of a civilian by the police shortly after their occurrence and has since been on site with other DAO employees to conduct investigations, as we did together with the shooting investigation unit involved by PPD officers do shootings and deaths otherwise involving the police. "
Krasner also encouraged witnesses or anyone with information to contact the prosecutor.
"In the hours and days after this shooting, we ask the Philadelphians to come together to protect human freedom, express themselves peacefully and oppose violence of any kind," he continued.
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said in a statement that the police "were slandered tonight for doing their job and protecting the community after being hit by a man with a knife".
"We support and defend these officers because they too have been traumatized by a fatal shootout."
Both officials were given an administrative mandate pending an investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting should call the DAO Special Investigation Unit hotline at 215-686-9608.
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