What we know about the Philadelphia Police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr

A demonstrator wearing a protective face mask holds a placard reading

A demonstrator wearing a protective face mask holds a placard reading

Many took to the streets Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to protest the killing of Walter Wallace Jr., by two police officers.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration responded to the ongoing violence in Philadelphia, Pa. and claimed that the looting and rioting is the result of the radical left's war on police. Some of the demonstrators threw debris at officers, according to police, and both sides later clashed.

Video showed some people looting shops and there were various reports of arrests in other parts of the city at around 9pm local time. National Guard has been mobilized to the city as of Tuesday afternoon.

More than 9 million people registered to vote in the state by Tuesday's deadline.

Protests sparked after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Junior on Monday after he walked toward authorities while wielding a knife, despite being ordered to drop it.

The office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement the curfew would run through Thursday at 6am. However, he said, violence "is not an acceptable form of 1st Amendment expression". About 23 officers received treatment for injuries, the city said. Specific details were still being worked out, and none has yet been deployed. "That only sets our city back".

Wallace's parents said police knew their son was having a mental health crisis because they had been to the residence three times that day.

Police said the incident started with a 911 call about a man with a knife, KYW reported. Police shot Wallace after he declined to put down the knife. Johnson said Wallace had nine children, two of whom briefly spoke at a news conference late Tuesday, along with Wallace's mother and father.

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The impairments included memory gaps, attention issues and problems with simple functions. Hernandez, of the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

"When you come to a scene where somebody is in a mental crisis, and the only tool you have to deal with it is a gun ... where are the proper tools for the job?", attorney Shaka Johnson said, according to NBC Washington. Officers have also closed off sections to Philadelphia's commercial district.

"I don't condone no violence, tearing up the city, looting up the stores, and all this chaos going", Walter Wallace Sr.

Mr Wallace's father told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his son had mental health issues and was on medication. Their names haven't been disclosed, but they have been removed from street duty.

Wallace's family has asked that protesters keep their demonstrations peaceful to respect his memory. I can't even sleep at night. "I can't even close my eyes", he said.

The upheaval in Philadelphia came hours after a bystander's video of the shooting was posted on social media on Monday. "Don't shoot my son, please don't shoot my son", Catherine Wallace, his mother, said during an interview with WPVI. "They paid me no mind, and shot my son".

The video does not make it clear whether he was in fact holding a knife, but witnesses said he was.

The Wallace family has repeatedly called for peace.

Wallace was hit in the shoulder and chest, Little said. Some officers have been doused with what appeared to be blood, she said Wednesday. Both officers fired at least seven rounds apiece, police said. Additional law enforcement has been sent to help contain the unrest. Outlaw, who came to Philadelphia less than a year ago from Portland, Oregon, lamented at a news conference Wednesday that her department lacks a mental health unit or consistent way to coordinate police calls with specialists.

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