Fatal Shooting of Black Man Leads to 2nd Night of Protests in PA
Updated: Jan 8
For the second night in a row, demonstrators took to the streets in Philadelphia to protest the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr, 27.
Wallace Jr., a black man, was armed with a knife when he was fatally shot by police officers in an encounter that the police commissioner says raises some questions.
The protests quickly turned violent and several businesses were damaged and looted.
The protesters also threw objects at police officers resulting in at least 1 officer being injured. On the first night of the protests a riot broke out, 30 officers were injured and 91 people were arrested.
The police union says the officers did their jobs and asked the public "for its patience" as they investigate the matter further.
Mayor Kenney called for peace and acknowledged the issues leading to the unrest, saying, "Last night, we saw further evidence of the anguish of black and brown residents of our city who have struggled their entire lives under systemic racism."
The shooting comes during a year of public outcry over police violence and systemic racism following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake.
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