On Friday, extra Pennsylvania National Guard arrived in Philadelphia to reinforce protections after days of rioting following the police shooting of a black man who was carrying a knife, disobeying police orders to drop the knife, and continued to march on toward them.
As Guardsmen arrived and got organized, at least one passerby shouted, “You are three days too late, where were you three days ago?!” They were where my Governor, the tyrant Tom Wolf told them to be, not in Philly.
Walter Wallace Jr, who struggled with mental health problems, was shot Monday by two officers responding to a domestic call about somebody with a weapon. Authorities said Wallace was armed with a knife and charged at the officers when he was shot. That’s exactly what the available video shows, but that never stops the mob from going berserk to take advantage of the Po-Po 100% Discount at local stores.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in protests that quickly became violent riots.
Looting and rioting grew to become more prevalent on the second night, prompting Wolf to authorize the deployment of National Guard troops as police fought to contain the riots that broke throughout the city.
Over 50 law enforcement officials had been injured with one officer “intentionally run over” by a pickup truck whereas others were battered with hard objects being hurled at them. A number of Philadelphia businesses were looted and vandalized throughout the week, because we all know that those businesses participated in the police shooting of Wallace. <sarcasm>
Initial troops arrived on Wednesday, however, additional troops have arrived as Center City becomes more heavily guarded, FOX 29 reported.
“For today and this evening, we anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest and, as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated during a news conference.
State Troopers wearing body armor alongside Philadelphia police gathered at the Municipal Services Building to be dispatched throughout the city.
Initially, Pennsylvania National Guard units had been deployed to Philadelphia on Tuesday as the city got prepared for a second night of violent riots after tense confrontations between angry rioters.
In a joint statement, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), denounced Wallace’s death and the unrest that followed.
“Walter Wallace’s life, like too many others’, was a Black life that mattered to his mother, to his family, to his community, to all of us,” the statement read “At the same time, no amount of anger at the very real injustices in our society excuses violence. Attacking police officers and vandalizing small businesses, which are already struggling during a pandemic, does not bend the moral arc of the universe closer to justice.”
It’s a shame that after Harris visited Jacob Blake’s family and told them they she supports them. It was reported that she spoke with Blake on the phone while he was in the hospital and told him that she was proud of him and how he was working through his pain. So, you have to take anything she says against rioters this close to the election with a grain of salt, because she also at one point said that the protests (really meaning riots) will continue and should continue.
No mention that Wallace attacked police who were called the scene, but that’s par for the course for the Democratic presidential ticket.
On Wednesday, the mayor imposed a curfew and called in the National Guard following consecutive nights of rioting after Wallace’s shooting death, whose family said he was in the midst of a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis or not, the police had the right to defend themselves from a large man with a knife who would not obey their commands to put the knife down and continued to march toward them.
Kenney took the action to try to curb the incidents of looting, fires and dozens of injuries to officers that officials said had been caused by people taking advantage of the backlash against the shooting of Wallace to commit crimes. The unrest broke up peaceful protests against police brutality, including a Wednesday night protest due to the imposed curfew starting 9 pm. Whereas the shooting of Wallace in itself can be defined as violence since shooting a weapon at someone is a form of violence, I believe it was justified violence, because Wallace was attacking the cops.
“The looting that has taken place … is distressing to say the least, and it is unacceptable,” Kenney said in an afternoon news conference. Knowing this mayor he too is only coming down on the rioters because we are so close to an election. Those carrying out mayhem, he added, are “doing a great disservice to the many others who want to exercise their First Amendment rights by protesting.”