A video recorded with a mobile phone and broadcast on the media and social networks shows how the agents demand a nervous Wallace, who does not stop moving between the parked cars, to drop the knife. However, the victim advances towards them, who end up shooting
The Philadelphia Police Department has reported this Tuesday the arrest of 91 people after two days of protests, which have ended up in some cases of vandalism and looting, due to the death on Monday at the hands of two agents of an African-American citizen who was carrying a knife and “he was brandishing it and waving it erratically.”
Among the detainees, the authorities detail, charges have been filed against eleven of them for crimes of assault on police officers, and another 76 for robbery, after some of the protests and peaceful marches ended up leading to looting, as reported the American chain CNN.
On Monday night, the agents involved received a call warning that in the west of the city an African-American male, Walter Wallace Jr., was on the outskirts of their home carrying a knife that he waved and brandished in an “erratic” manner. .
A video recorded with a mobile phone and broadcast on the media and social networks shows how the agents demand a nervous Wallace, who does not stop moving between the parked cars, to drop the knife. However, the victim advances towards them, who end up shooting.
“HARD QUESTIONS TO ANSWER”
The mayor of Philadelphia, Democrat Jim Kenney, has said that the video of the shooting “presents difficult questions that must be answered”, although the police union that represents them has defended their actions and asked the community for “patience” while investigate more carefully what happened.
“Our police officers are being vilified for doing their job and keeping the community safe, after being confronted by a man with a knife. We support and defend these officers, as they are also traumatized by being involved in a fatal shooting, “they have said from this union.
While waiting for the assessments to be made public after reviewing the images of the cameras carried by the agents, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw have subscribed to Mayor Kenney’s words and have stressed that the video recorded by a witness “leaves very serious questions that need an answer.”
Faced with the outrage of the protesters and the questions and criticisms launched by the disproportion in the response in which the agents would have incurred, Outlaw has explained that the two policemen were not equipped with tasers with which to reduce Wallace.
For their part, the parents of the deceased have asked this Tuesday night to calm the community and have distanced themselves from vandalism, as these have nothing to do with the memory of their son.
The victim’s mother, who in the published video shows how she tries to reassure Wallace, has said that she made the police know “repeatedly” about her son’s mental health problems.
The Wallace family’s attorney has reported that the parents called an ambulance due to one of their frequent mental health crises before the fatal events occurred.
PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE
In recent months, and with the upcoming presidential elections as a backdrop, there has been an increase in violence and racial problems that the United States drags, since last May 25, George Floyd died asphyxiated under the knee of an agent of the Minneapolis Police, unleashing mobilizations and protests not only throughout the country, but also throughout the world.
Last month, the streets of Louisville, in the state of Kentucky, were the scene of several consecutive days of protests and mobilizations to protest against the judicial decision to leave without charge two of the three policemen who participated in the shooting that ended their lives by Breonna Taylor.
The young 25-year-old emergency doctor was shot dead in her own home in March when three plainclothes police officers entered her home, according to the first investigations, by mistake, mistaking her boyfriend for another person, who thought they were intruders , fired a warning shot, triggering a shooting that ended her life.
Hundreds of people have since been arrested across the country for taking part in protests against police violence and racism, after some of them led to clashes with authorities.
In August, protests over the death of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back in front of his children by a Wisconsin Police officer, sparked a series of riots in which two people died after being shot by a police officer. 17-year-old white supremacist, on whom they brought up to six charges, including first degree murder.