Media Ignores Riots Rocking Philadelphia After Police Shoot and Kill Black Man Armed with a Knife

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Riots began in Philadelphia on Monday night after the police shot and killed Walter Wallace, age 27. Police say that the decedent threatened them with a knife and refused to drop his weapon; video shows that police told him to drop the knife at least two times before shooting. His family called the police because he was having a mental breakdown. Wallace has an extensive criminal record and was first arrested in 2006 for assaulting a teacher when he was 13 years old. He was arrested in March after he allegedly threatened his child’s mother over the phone, saying “I’ll shoot you and that house up.” In 2019, he was charged with resisting arrest by “kicking the windows and door panels of a police patrol car.” In 2016, during a robbery, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck and held what she believed to be a gun to her head, according to court records. In 2013, Wallace’s mother had a protective order against him which he allegedly violated when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” her, according to court records.

At least 30 officers were injured when the crowds throwing rocks and bricks at police. A female police sergeant was intentionally run over by a pickup truck and was hospitalized with a broken leg.

Police were reportedly told to stand down during the ensuing riots. Many people were shot, mostly by other looters.  Authorities took action only after finding van filled with explosives. Black Lives Matter and Antifa vandalized and stole from many businesses. Reporter Elijah Schaffer, who was beaten and threatened with a gun, says that he was attacked because he is white.

The National Guard is being mobilized amid the riots and civil unrest that have rocked Philadelphia since Monday night after the shooting death of Walter Wallace at the hands of police.

Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement that it was “At the direction of Governor Wolf, and PEMA,” that “the Pennsylvania National Guard is mobilizing several hundred members in support of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and assist local agencies in protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest,” according to local news.

“Assisting civil authorities during times of need is one of our core missions in the National Guard and our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen are well-trained and well-prepared,” Hickox said, “to assist our commonwealth and our communities in any way we can.  We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security.”

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