Pennsylvania governor mobilizes hundreds of National Guard members after Philadelphia riots

by Joel Abbott · Oct 28th, 2020 1:19 pm

Last Updated Oct 30th, 2020 at 4:20 am

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the National Guard to intervene in Philadelphia following riots in the wake of a police shooting.

"The Pennsylvania National Guard is mobilizing several hundred members in support of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and assist local agencies in protecting life, property, and the right to peacefully assemble and protest," said Lt. Col. Keith Hickox in a Tuesday statement.

The unrest came Monday after police shot a black man who refused to comply with multiple requests to drop a knife. A video of the incident was circulated online.

Rioting started within hours of the shooting, leading to the arrest of 91 people and the injury of 30 officers, including a sergeant who was purposely struck by a moving vehicle.

Riots continued Tuesday evening and multiple stores were ransacked by looters.

According to Hickox, National Guardsmen will assist local authorities and local law enforcement in Philadelphia "to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security."


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