Philadelphia Police Shot And Killed William Wallace Jr.
Philadelphia police officers shot a black man walking towards them on the street Monday afternoon. Police said the man was carrying a knife.
The footage of the shooting was disseminated on social media. It shows two officers with guns drawn, walking backwards as the man approaches them. Police fired multiple times, and the man, whom the Philadelphia Inquirer identified as William Wallace Jr., fell to the ground.
The investigator reported that Wallace died of his injuries in a nearby hospital. Wallace’s father, William Wallace Sr., told the newspaper that his son was suffering from mental health problems. “Why didn’t you use a taser?” asked the father. “His mother tried to defuse the situation.”
Philadelphia, like many other cities across the country, was the scene of major protests this summer after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. Thousands of peaceful protesters marched through downtown Philadelphia. Some people burned police vehicles, ransacked shops, and crashed into police.
Between 100 and 200 protesters gathered after Wallace’s death on Monday night in a neighborhood where people had demonstrated Floyd’s death, the investigator reported.
Early Tuesday morning, a speeding truck ran over a police officer who was on duty during the protests. Philadelphia’s local Fox TV station reported that the officer was in hospital with a broken leg.