The fatal shooting of Black man armed with a knife sparked a night of intense violence that has come to be expected after a shooting, whether justified or not.
The shooting happened just after 4 pm Monday when Philadelphia Police officers responded to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood for reports of a man with a weapon. Upon arrival, police located the man who was armed with a knife.
Despite several warnings, the man, identified as 27-year-old Walter Wallace repeatedly advanced towards the two officers on the scene, ignoring their commands. Police appeared to have little choice and were forced to open fire on Wallace. The entire incident was captured by a witness cell phone which was immediately posted on social media.
(WARNING: FULL VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING IS BELOW. IT IS EXTEMELY GRAPHIC)
You would think that with such damning evidence supporting the use-of-force, the Philadelphia community would mourn the loss of the young man peacefully. Instead, people on the scene began to yell at police. For the next several hours, the crowd of angry Philadelphian’s continued to grow and focus their attention on the police line.
District Attorney Larry Krasner posted a plea on Twitter saying that his office intends “to go where the facts and law lead us and to do so carefully, without rushing to judgment and without bias of any kind.”
“In the hours and days following this shooting, we ask Philadelphians to come together to uphold people’s freedom to express themselves peacefully and to reject violence of any kind,” Krasner adds.
Eventually tensions boiled over with protesters attacking police with bricks, setting police vehicles ablaze and looting stores in their community. For several hours the protesters, now known as criminals continued on their path of destruction, destroying the very community that they reside in.
At one point, a black pickup truck sped through a line of Philadelphia police officers, striking at least one officer. That officer is said to be in stable condition. Over the course of the night, at least 30 officers were attacked and suffered injuries in response to a man making the decision to run at police officers with a knife in his hand.