Philadelphia erupted in violence last night after police shot a man wielding a knife. Authorities are confirming at least 30 police officers were injured in the protest.
33 people have been arrested at last count as protests raged overnight in Philadelphia. The man had a knife and residents are saying the cops could have shot him in the leg or tased him.
“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. “I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered. I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace’s family, and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns first-hand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able.”
The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that a 56-year-old female PPD Sergeant was struck by a black pickup truck in the area of 52nd and Walnut streets at approximately 12:44 a.m. on Tuesday morning. She was subsequently transported to a local area hospital where she is currently in stable condition with a broken leg and other injuries.
In total, 29 other officers were treated and released for their injuries at various hospitals and the Philadelphia Police Department say that most of the injuries were the result of being struck by projectiles such as bricks, rocks, other assorted debris.
There have been at least 33 arrests overnight as well ranging on charges such as rioting, assault on police officers, looting and possession of firearms.
The mayor of Philadelphia says the shooting death on Monday afternoon “presents difficult questions that must be answered.”
The incident began when police responded to a radio call involving a person with a weapon encountered a man on a residential street brandishing a knife and waving it erratically, Philadelphia Police said.
Officers ordered the man to drop the knife, then fired at him after he followed them with the weapon, police said.
— CARTER 3X (@Iamking_Kha) October 27, 2020
30 police officers were injured overnight in Philadelphia as BLM rioters threw bricks, started fires, & looted stores. One female sergeant was hit by a car & had leg broken. Rioters are angry a black man who charged at police w/a knife was shot dead. https://t.co/QzTdWPNaLt
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 27, 2020