Philadelphia rocked by fresh unrest after police shooting

Philadelphia rocked by fresh unrest after police shooting
Police cars and dumpsters were set on fire as police struggled to contain the crowd. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Police have said hundreds of looters are ransacking businesses in Philadelphia in a second night of unrest after police fatally shot a black man.

Police reinforcements as well as the National Guard have been deployed in the city. At least 30 officers were hurt in the first night of clashes.

Police say officers opened fire on 27-year-old Walter Wallace when he ignored orders to drop a knife he was holding.

Mr Wallace’s family say he was suffering a mental health crisis.

Police warned residents on Tuesday night to stay away from the riverfront Port Richmond district as widespread looting occurred.

Democratic Mayor in the city, Jim Kenney, said the video of Monday’s shooting “presents difficult questions that must be answered”.

Mr Kenney did not elaborate but said he was looking forward “to a speedy and transparent resolution for the sake of Mr Wallace, his family, the officers, and for Philadelphia.”

Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, said she had visited the scene and felt the “anger of the community”.

At a news conference, she said: “We anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest.”

“And as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order. We will increase our officer presence around the city at key locations,” she added.

Shops around the city have constructed barricades and closed early. According to CBS News, residents have found pharmacies shuttered and have been unable to get medicine on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, large protests broke out in Philadelphia following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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