September 27, 2020
Mark Slapinski with files from the Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Intense riots have broke out again in Philadelphia after another black man with mental illness was gunned down by police.
Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him to drop his knife.
The shooting occurred before 4 p.m. as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon, police spokesperson Tanya Little said.
Officers were called to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood and encountered the man, later identified as Walter Wallace, who was holding a knife, Little said.
Officers ordered Wallace to drop the knife, but he instead “advanced towards” them. Both officers then fired “several times,” Little said.
Afterwards, people broke into shops and torched patrol cars in Philadelphia. Protesters, including Black Lives Matter activists, poured into the streets and police in riot gear had to be called to restore order to the city.
Violent clashes broke out between protesters and police, and continue into the early morning.