A massive violent riot has broken in Philadelphia in response to the police shooting of a black man who ran at officers with a knife.
Violent clashes break out in Philadelphia after police fatally shoot man with knife
Police in Philadelphia clashed with protesters late Monday night just hours after a Black man armed with a knife was shot and killed by two officers in the western part of the city, reports said.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said the shooting occurred at about 4 p.m. after officers responded to a call about a man with a weapon, Fox 29 reported. He said the officers were “immediately met with a male who was carrying a knife.”
Gripp said the man appeared to disregard orders to drop the knife. A video emerged that purported to show the moments before the shooting. The man’s mother could reportedly be seen chasing after her son and asking police not to open fire. The video showed the man, identified in reports as Walter Wallace Jr., walking towards the officers prior to the shooting. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police said the officers drove the man to a nearby hospital after the incident.
Driver Runs Down Philadelphia Cops During Protest — Officer Injured
A large black pickup truck reportedly drove through a police line in Philadelphia during protests Monday night. A witness reported the truck ran over a female officer.
A video posted on Twitter Monday night shows a police line attempting to block off a street from protesters. Suddenly, a large black pickup truck with someone standing up in the bed of the truck rounds the corner and plows through the police line. An officer can be seen laying on the ground as the truck drives away.
The shooting took place shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, and footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media. The man who had ran at the officers with a knife, Walter Wallace, was pronounced dead at the hospital.