Riots broke out in Philadelphia after police shot a man armed with a knife who refused to disarm and advanced toward them.
Walter Wallace Jr, a 27-year old man who was wielding a knife had been asked by officers to put down his weapon. When Wallace refused to comply and approached the officers, two Philadelphia police officers opened fire.
Some in the establishment media spread false information suggesting that the armed Wallace did not lunge at the police.
“Why didn’t they use a Taser?” Wallace’s father asked from the 6100 block of Locust Street. “His mother was trying to defuse the situation.” He said his son struggled with mental health issues and was on medication. “He has mental issues,” Wallace said. “Why you have to gun him down?”
Sgt. Eric Gripp, spokesperson for the Philadelphia police department, said that officers had told Wallace to drop his knife, but that he instead “advanced towards the officers.” Investigators will be reviewing the footage from officers’ body cams.
Police said that six vehicles belonging to law enforcement were vandalized, as well.
The incident that sparked the riots can be viewed below:
NOTE: Why did both white officers empty their guns when one would have been sufficient?