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Riots are in response to the shooting of an undisputedly armed suspect
“Mostly Peaceful” riots kicked-off in the city of brotherly love late Monday, complete with all the looting, burning, and attacks on police you have come to expect.
According to NBC 10 News:
“Crowds set fire to cars and dumpsters and looted multiple stores late Monday night along 52nd and Chestnut streets. Firefighters also responded to a fire on 52nd and Sansom streets.”
When the protesters — who were undoubtedly celebrating an autumn of love — gathered in front of a police precinct in the city’s 18th District earlier Monday, they began to peacefully throw bricks at police officers, local news reports.
At least four officers were injured. And NBC 10 reports that the Penn police station in that district had its windows smashed and was spray painted.
You can see some of the peacefulness below.
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The apparently Coronavirus immune protests were in response to the shooting of an armed black man earlier Monday in the cities Cobbs Creek neighborhood.
The victim, Walter Wallace, 27, was brandishing a knife and was seen shouting at police officers and bystanders on-scene, according to video reviewed by WLT staff.
In the video, Wallace’s mother can be seen trying to restrain him unsuccessfully before being pushed away by her son.
Wallace then approached officers who repeatedly requested that he drop the weapon.
When he refused, however, officers opened fire on Wallace.
Doing their job, officers loaded Wallace into a Philadelphia police vehicle and sped to the hospital, NBC 10 reports.
So, what is the problem?
Well, witnesses do not dispute that Wallace was armed. Their problem, according to statements made in the video captured by NBC 10, is that they shot him too many times.
One helpful citizen who spoke to local news pointed out that they could merely “shoot him in the leg.” With the rising murder rate in Philadelphia, we guess that such trick shots are more challenging than it may seem.
This is typical of a city controlled by Democrats. The city has refused to address violent riots and, in fact, has done all it can to make the police’s job of protecting the public harder.
The city’s council on public safety advanced a bill earlier this month that aims to ban the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and other “less-lethal munitions,” WHYY, an NPR affiliate reported at the time.
The city’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, placed a moratorium on tear gas earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Democratic leaders of the city have allowed a homeless encampment to take root in a park near Philadelphia’s famous art museum. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) is currently trying to obtain free housing for the city’s urban outdoorsmen.
As for Monday’s shooting, have no fear all you social justice warriors out there. The mayor, police commissioner, and the city’s progressive district attorney, Larry Krasner, have all vowed to investigate these officers for doing their jobs.
If only they would spend even a little of that time investigating the upstanding citizens who burn businesses.