Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man from Philadelphia, was gunned down by city police after reportedly wielding a knife. Across Twitter, many are speaking out against the shooting and some are saying that the officers did little to de-escalate the violent confrontation.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wallace was approached Monday (Oct. 26) in West Philadelphia after he was seen holding a knife. Video of the encounter shared by attorney Ben Crump shows that Wallace appears to be motioning towards the officers as they slowly crept back away him with their weapons drawn.
Onlookers in the video swarmed the scene after Wallace was shot and chaos erupted from that point on. Reports say that Wallace was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries as the protests continued to rage on.
The publication adds that overnight protests and clashes with the police into early Tuesday (Oct. 27) morning has left a number of officers injured, including one suffering from a broken leg after being hit by a pickup truck. Other officers suffered minor wounds and injuries stemming from things being thrown at them by protesters.
Wallace’s father, Walter Sr., spoke about the death of his son while remarking he had been shot around 10 times.
“Why didn’t they use a Taser?” Walter Sr. said outside his home. “His mother was trying to defuse the situation.”
As it stands, the streets of Philadelphia are most certainly tense as the morning goes on with some on social media voicing their anger and posing questions as to why the situation ended with Wallace’s death.
We’ve got those reactions listed out below. We also have the video of the incident below in the playlist section and we do warn that the images within may be disturbing to some.
Philadelphia Cops Gun Down Black Man Walter Wallace Jr., City Erupts In Protest was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Philadelphia cops fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr. today, firing 10+ times at him while he stood at least 10ft away. He allegedly had a knife but cops made NO attempts at de-escalating the situation in this video. They went straight to killing Wallace in front of his loved ones! pic.twitter.com/U2zYGqK7Ag— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) October 27, 2020
Okay for those of you less aware of Philly geography and history, Walter Wallace Jr was killed by the Phila. Police at 61st and Locust, three blocks from the site of the 1985 MOVE bombing where the Phila PD bombed a family’s home and killed 11 people pic.twitter.com/O98s7CZZZQ— alyssa, from philly, (@alyssakeiko) October 27, 2020
#WalterWallaceJr was shot multiple times and killed by @philadelphiapd. He allegedly had a knife. He suffered from mental illness.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 27, 2020
Compare his shooting to the way police respond to a mentally ill, knife wielding, white man.
Tonight our hearts ache for Walter Wallace, Jr., and for all those who loved him. Walter's killing at the hands of Philadelphia police is appalling. Enough is enough. We'll have more to say about this act of police violence, so horrifyingly familiar, very soon. #BlackLivesMatter— ACLU of Pennsylvania (@aclupa) October 27, 2020
Here is the link to support the Family of Walter Wallace Jr. His wife is presently carrying their unborn child. Donate and share if you can. https://t.co/rziWLl8PuH— The Black and Brown Coalition of PHL (@blacknbrownphl) October 27, 2020
Walter Wallace Jr., 27, Shot 10 times by Philadelphia Police, in front of his mother. He was a Father. Twin. Son. Rest Well. pic.twitter.com/eTRuYIUkF8— Dommie Tang (@ChancletaPapi_) October 27, 2020