In Philadelphia, the police shot an African American: the city was covered with a wave of protests
In Philadelphia, PA, protests erupted after police shot and killed a 27-year-old black man named Walter Wallace. Law enforcers claim that he was armed with a knife. More about the incident told the publication with the BBC.
The incident took place on Monday 26 October. Two police officers went to a call for an armed man. They reported that they opened fire after Wallace began to approach them. An investigation into the circumstances of the incident has begun.
The protests began that evening in the evening and continued until Tuesday morning, October 27. Hundreds of people took part in them. Some of the demonstrators were aggressive. Photo and video from the protests show that the protesters set fire to a police car. Cases of looting have also been reported.
A total of 30 police officers were injured. Most of them were injured from being hit by bricks and stones. One of the police officers has a broken leg due to being run over in a van. He was hospitalized, police said.
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Dozens of people were reportedly arrested.
In the summer, in Philadelphia and other cities in the United States, people took to the streets after police killing 46-year-old black American George Floyd. The video of his detention shows how police officer Derek Shovin pressed his knee to Floyd's neck to the asphalt, although he said several times that he could not breathe. The death of George Floyd rocked American society and caused thousands of demonstrations against racism and police abuse.
What is known about the incident
According to police, the shooting incident occurred at approximately 16:00 pm local time. Law enforcement officers arrived in the Cobbs Creek area in Philadelphia after reports that they saw an armed man there.
A police spokeswoman said the man was holding a knife in his hand when the police approached him. He did not obey their orders and, holding a weapon in his hands, began to approach them.
Then the police opened fire, wounding Wallace in the shoulder and chest. One of the police took him to the hospital, but the man died shortly after arriving at the emergency room.
A video appeared on social networks, which shows how the police point guns at Wallace walking towards them. They back away from him and shout for him to drop the knife. They then shoot him and Wallace falls to the sidewalk.
The police did not disclose the names of the shooting officers.
The Mayor of Philadelphia, Democrat Jim Kenny, issued an appeal in which he called the incident a tragic incident, which led to questions requiring answers. He promised to conduct a full investigation.
“I look forward to a quick and open investigation for the sake of Wallace, his family, the police and Philadelphia,” he said.
Wallace's father said that his son had mental disorders and was taking medication. "Why didn't they use a stun gun?" - he said.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- Since the end of May, fierce protests have raged in the United States over the murder of a black man by the police. On May 27, George Floyd, an African American from Minneapolis, died after a city police officer strangled him with a knee. Officer Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; three other officers also lost their jobs. Protests and riots subsequently eruptedand in Minneapolis and across the country. As a result of all police officers involved in the death of George Floyd arrested. They face up to 40 years in prison.
- May 31 truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis (Minnesota). At the wheel of a car was a citizen of the United States, presumably of Ukrainian origin, Bogdan Vechirko. He was arrested, but on June 2 he was released from custody pending further investigation. As a result, at that moment no charges were brought against him... He received them much later - in October, the man faces up to 6 years in prison.
- About 40 cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and Philadelphia, banned street demonstrations for several days after dark. Texas and Virginia Governors introduced a state of emergency.
- In connection with protests in US cities embassies of Ukraine and Russia asked their citizenslocated in the United States, keep order and avoid crowds as much as possible, as well as safety precautions.
- June 1, Donald Trump enacted the law of 1807, allowing him send armed forces to shocked states in connection with the death of George Floyd.
- According to the official autopsy of George Floyd, his death was caused by mechanical asphyxia and should be considered violent.
- As of 4 June victims of mass protests in the United States, at least 11 people have become.
- More 10 people were arrested during protestscondemning racism and police brutality over the death of George Floyd.
- Atlanta June 12th cops killed African American: protests flared up with renewed vigor.
- In late July, several American cities increased protests that escalated into violence... Demonstrators clashed with federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, police were forced to retreat to the precinct in Seattle, Washington, and cars were set on fire in California and Virginia.
- Several states have declared a state of emergency due to increased violence during the protests.
- Mayors of six US cities demand from Congress to pass legislation prohibiting US President Donald Trump without their consent send additional police forces to the regions to quell riots.
- Russian speaking policeman from California talked about work during the protests.
- Boogaloo Boys, Proud Boys and Antifa: what groups are participating in the protests in the U.S..
- Read about how protests are changing the way Americans live. our material.
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