The family of a man killed by Philadelphia police earlier this week is condemning the violent rioting and looting that has been carried out in response to the death.
“I don’t condone no violence — tearing up the city, looting in the stores — and all this chaos,” Walter Wallace Sr. said Tuesday after riots broke out in Philadelphia over the shooting death of his son Walter Wallace Jr. “I need everybody to have respect for my family and my son to stop this violence.”
“I’m sending out an SOS to help and not to hurt and cause no chaos — violence, looting, fires,” Wallace Sr. added. “Because I wasn’t brought up like that.”
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Wallace Jr.’s uncle, Rodney Everett, also spoke out against the violence, telling rioters they aren’t “resolving anything.”
“I do not want to see my city tore down,” Everett said. “We don’t need that. You’re not resolving anything for our family. Don’t do this in the name of my nephew because this is not what he would’ve wanted.”
Looting and rioting continued for the second consecutive night on Tuesday, and Philadelphia police urged residents in large portions of the city to stay indoors.
Phila. Police commanders say the situation has “rapidly gone downhill” along Aramingo Ave. — a “total loss,” they say, from looting. Chopper 3 shows video of demonstrators & police at 52nd and Chestnut. As of this post, no injuries to police tonight. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/cPjyAqSpys
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3)
October 28, 2020
Wallace Jr. was shot multiple times by Philadelphia police Monday after officers were dispatched to a scene where it was reported an individual had a weapon. Officers arrived and found Wallace Jr. allegedly holding a knife and fired shots after he walked towards officers and ignored commands to drop the weapon.
Graphic video posted on social media appears to show the incident in question. Family members and bystanders can be heard screaming at police after the shots were fired, and Wallace Jr. laid in the street.