The fatal police shooting of 27 year old Walter Wallace Jr., a black man allegedly armed with a knife on the west side of Philadelphia, led hundreds of people to take to the streets in protest Monday night. Protesters say it is another example of police officers killing a black man.
The demonstrations became violent throughout the night as cop cars and dumpsters were set on fire, and 30 officers were injured from being struck by bricks, rocks, and other projectiles. A 56-year-old sergeant was struck by a pickup truck and was hospitalized with a broken leg and other injuries.
Police arrested 91 people throughout the night in connection with the protests.
Officers responded to a call before 4 p.m. on Monday about a person with a weapon. When officers arrived at the Cobbs Creek neighborhood, they encountered Wallace, who was holding a knife. The officers ordered Wallace to drop the knife, but he disregarded their request and advanced toward them instead. They then fired multiple times.
The police department and district attorney said they will look into the shooting. They said it was unclear how many times Wallace was shot, but both officers were wearing body cameras and have been removed from street duty during the investigation.
Walter Wallace Sr., the man's father, said his son had mental health issues and was on medication. He believes his son was shot 10 times.