When a Black person is killed by the police, Black people are often trapped in the present moment. The whole of our reality becomes boots on the ground in protest and unbridled anger. From leaders, there are often empty promises and dog whistles. From protesters, there are demands for change. Philadelphia is no different.
When Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was gunned down by police on October 26, the city exploded. Protesters were injured and arrested. A patrol car erupted in flames. The unrest lasted for days. The situation garnered national attention, with leaders quickly condemning property damage and looting. …
Instead of an ambulance or EMTs, police officers responded three times, and the third time they fired on Wallace. He was taken to a hospital by police and pronounced dead.
Wallace had a knife in his hand, according to police, which officers say they told him to drop. Instead, he walked toward them, and the two responding officers fired. The shooting can be seen in this disturbing video.
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