Looting is already being reported in Philadelphia tonight, the second night of #BlackLivesMatter riots following the Monday afternoon police shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. In last night’s Mostly Peaceful™ Protest, “76 people were arrested for burglary including three with guns, 11 were arrested for assaulting police officers, and three were arrested for failure to disperse,” according to WPVI-TV.
Why riot over this case? Wallace was shot after he charged two police officers while brandishing an 8-inch knife. This was not the first time cops had to deal with Wallace, nor even the first time that day:Police were called dozens of times in recent months about problems at Walter Wallace Jr.’s home, and had responded twice on Monday to reports of disturbances at the West Philadelphia house before two officers answered a third call and shot him as he approached them with a knife, according to law enforcement sources.Yes, a lot “remained unclear” about what happened Monday, except that a knife-wielding maniac got shot by cops. While the media keeps repeating the theme that Wallace suffered from “mental health problems,” lots of people have problems, but they usually don’t get shot by cops. Why? Because they don’t charge at cops with 8-inch knives.
What happened during those earlier visits — including which officers responded and how much they knew about Wallace’s mental health problems — remained unclear Tuesday.
Who was Walter Wallace Jr.? You have to read down to the 13th paragraph of the Philadelphia Inquirer story to find out:In and out of court since he was 19, Wallace had convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery. Court records show that city judges routinely sought to get him mental health treatment.Oh, he had “convictions for crimes”? Maybe that’s a fact important enough to include in a headline, as Information Liberation does:Meet Walter Wallace Jr, The Career Criminal Whose Shooting by Police Triggered Riots in PhillyThere’s some brutal for you, and maybe people would take a different view of the subject if they understood that Walter Wallace Jr. has been a violent menace to society his entire life. But the mainstream media won’t give you that kind of context, forcing you to read through a dozen or more paragraphs before they inform you that the lunatic who charged cops with a knife had an extensive criminal record. Would you like to see the suspect’s mug shot? How about 12 mug shots? . .
After a tense weekend — filled with a mix of peaceful and violent protests — Philadelphia is bracing for more unrest following the killing of George Floyd.
City and state officials called in the National Guard, who arrived early Monday morning, and SEPTA has suspended all Center City service until further notice.
Saturday and Sunday both featured large, mostly peaceful protests during the day, followed by vandalism and property destruction in the afternoon and night.