Philadelphia police fatally shoot a black man who they say had a knife

By: New York Times |

October 27, 2020 9:44:38 pm

Police encompass a man after chasing him down throughout a violent protest after police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia avenue early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP)

(Written by Azi Paybarah)

Philadelphia police on Monday fatally shot a 27-year-old Black man who they stated was armed with a knife, touching off protests and violent clashes hours later.

Mayor Jim Kenney stated the taking pictures, which was partially captured on video by a bystander, raised “difficult questions that must be answered,” and the police commissioner promised an investigation.

Late Monday evening, protesters marched by means of West Philadelphia, and video posted on social media appeared to indicate the police clashing with demonstrators. Thirty police officers had been injured, most often by bricks and rocks that had been thrown by protesters, Sgt. Eric Gripp, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department, stated on Tuesday. One officer was handled at a hospital for a damaged leg after she was hit by a pickup truck, he stated.

The taking pictures occurred round 4 p.m., as police responded to a report of a man armed with a knife. Video that was posted on social media exhibits the man, later recognized by a City Council member as Walter Wallace Jr., strolling into the road as individuals yell and two police officers intention their weapons at him.

A police officer lies on the bottom earlier than being loaded into an ambulance on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia within the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer by way of AP)

At one level, Wallace, who is a number of toes away from the officers within the video, walks towards them as they rapidly transfer backward. The digital camera factors down towards the bottom as about a dozen pictures are heard.

The digital camera rapidly strikes up as Wallace falls to the bottom, and other people rush towards him, together with the officers.

“Bro, they just killed him in front of me,” a man might be heard saying. “Y’all ain’t have to give him that many shots.”

Gripp instructed the Inquirer that officers had ordered Wallace to drop the knife and that he had “advanced toward the officers.” After the officers shot Wallace, one among them drove him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, he stated.

Kenney, the mayor, stated he had spoken with Wallace’s household “to hear their concerns firsthand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able.”

The metropolis’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, stated in a assertion, “I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions.”

In a assertion, the council member who recognized Wallace, Jamie Gauthier, stated she needed the police to “immediately” launch the officers’ physique digital camera video from the incident. “The public deserves a full, unvarnished accounting of what took place today,” she stated.

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