Philadelphia, still on edge following days of protests and unrest that engulfed the city in response to the police killing of a 27-year-old Black man, Walter Wallace Jr., experienced a relatively quiet night Wednesday.
Demonstrators gathered at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia on October 26 and marched to the 18th Police District, a few blocks away.
While saying he did not think the officers should face murder charges, Johnson added that he hoped the investigation into Wallace's death would lead to policing reforms to help prevent similar shootings in the future. He said in a statement the police "are being vilified for doing their job" and added they're both traumatized, too. Mental health issues are a consistent factor in numerous shootings, with about 1 in 5 of those fatally shot by police known to have been dealing with such concerns or experiencing crises at the time of the encounters. He also said the National Guard would be deployed and was expected to arrive in the city on Friday and Saturday.
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In the past three nights, there have been 212 arrests, and 57 officers have been injured, including one who remains hospitalized, officials said.
Ramsey, the former police chief, said the unrest in Philadelphia and other cities this year showed how "fragile" the relationships between police and their communities can be. "They will also provide assistance for our police department and other operational departments as needed".
Wallace, 27, was shot Monday after officers said he brandished a knife and refused orders to drop the weapon. Johnson said Wallace's brother had actually called 911 to request an ambulance.
It's common for officers to respond to domestic disturbances with a gun because it's "one of the tools that we carry on our tool belt", she said.
On Tuesday, his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, and his deputy candidate, Kamala Harris, said in a statement that they were "heartbroken" by Wallace's death.
"This is why it's so complicated and this is why police need the adequate tools and training, but more importantly there needs to be a beef-up of mental health services, not only in Philly, but in cities around the country so that police will not have to be dispatched", Ramsey said.
Johnson also claims the video shows Wallace was incapacitated after the first shot.
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Chief Police Inspector Frank Vanore confirmed that police had received a call before the fatal encounter Monday about a man screaming and saying that he was armed with a knife.
Mother Cathy Wallace, who was present at Monday's shooting, said she pleaded with officers not to shoot her son. Outlaw said the officers have been pulled from street duty, but the department would not be releasing their names or any information, such as their race, until the department was sure it would not jeopardize their safety. No taser, no less than lethal device that would have been so appropriate in this particular circumstance.
"Twenty-seven-year-old Walter Wallace was shot and killed after two officers opened fire on him for having mental health issues", he wrote.
"Have respect for my family and my son and stop this violence and chaos that's going on in the city", Walter Wallace Sr. said.
"It's in my mind". "I can't even conceive the concept". Video of the shooting leaves little doubt.
Wallace advanced toward the officers, who then fired several times, said police spokesperson Officer Tanya Little.
He eventually fell to the ground after several rounds of gun shots were heard.
Police said they responded to a call about a domestic disturbance.
Bystander video showed Wallace's mother trying to defuse the situation in the moments before the shooting.
Wallace's death set off demonstrations Monday night, leading to the arrest of more than 90 people.