Recently a black man was seen at the site of an encounter in Philadelphia. The city was under unrest. He was spotted by police and he was holding a knife. This didn’t sit well with the police and they shot him. After the death of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr.’s, the disturbances got amplified and people tried to raise their voice against this killing. His death has again raised questions, as the footage of police brutally killing a black man has surfaced. They are under a scanner and there are questions like police misusing their powers and mistreatment of black people. It was followed by protests where people kept asking why less-lethal force couldn’t be used and if it was the only way to deal with Wallace.
Looting and Protests in many districts
There were protests after the incident which gave a free pass to looters and looting made things worse. Ever since things have been out of control and the officers are trying to level down the unrest but looks like the flames have engulfed the whole city and it won’t be easy to put the city to sleep. There have been protestors on the streets for the second night, but they weren’t alone there were looters too invading businesses and aggravating already difficult situations. There were peaceful protests initially, protesters were chanting the black man’s name that is, Walter Wallace Jr and trying to get a message across that, those streets belonged to the general public, and they expect to have a safe passage through those streets, without the fear of getting hit or shot. But it was not too deep into the night, that a huge crowd of protesters was met with police officers. This made the situation more chaotic and violent. As per reports, there were some protestors who threw bricks, bulbs, and rocks at police officers, even injuring one. Also, there were some police vehicles and one fire vehicle that was vandalized these days. According to the police who tweeted later about the incident, one part of the streets had angry protesters and the other part had looters who were trying to steal from the Foot Locker and Walmart. People were seen carrying televisions and other items while running out of Walmart. The Philadelphia police department requested people who were residing in districts 12, 18, 19, 16, 25, 24, and 26 to stay in their homes till everything gets stable. As per the police, these were the areas with maximum disturbances. There were violent protests and looting going on.