Preparing for a second night of violent riots, the Pennsylvania National Guard was deployed to Philadelphia in order to assist local police.
Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said “We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security.”
As reported in Fox News:
The move by Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to activate the guard is a stark difference from other Democratic governors who have been hesitant or slow to mobilize troops in response to unfolding unrest.
The Philadelphia Police Department will also beef up its presence across the city in anticipation of possible unrest over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., 27, city leaders said.
“For today and this evening, we anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest and, as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said during a news conference along with Mayor Jim Kenney and city leaders.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is quoted saying “We were hoping that we won’t have any repeat of we’ve seen last night and we’re taking every precaution that we can”.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has not determined when they will release the body cam footage.
Below is the original cell phone video of the incident, that has sent the city into chaos.
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Businesses across the city have been boarding up and closing early in anticipation of more rioting. With the city still trying to recover from previous rioting and covid shutdowns, we can only hope the National Guard can help quell things quickly.
"Put the Knife Down": Police Shooting Leads to Riots in Philadelphia
30 Police officers were injured during riots that stemmed from a police shooting of an aggressive man allegedly with a knife.
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As reported by NBC:
A viral video captured a chaotic scene in West Philadelphia as a man, who investigators say was armed with a knife, approached police while his mother tried desperately to stop him moments before the officers opened fire and killed him.
Police said they were called to Locust and South 61st streets shortly before 5 p.m. Monday for a report of a man with a weapon. When they arrived they say they found a man, later identified as 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., who was holding a knife.
Police said they repeatedly told Wallace to drop the knife but he wouldn’t listen. They then opened fire, shooting him multiple times before taking him to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“”Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon,” Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. “He did not do so.”
As a result of the shooting, riots broke out, stores were looted, as well as rocks and other projectiles thrown at officers as they tried to quell the unrest. A pickup truck drove wildly through a police line injuring a 56 year old female officer, putting her in the hospital. After she was run down, the crowd can be seen cheering, clapping and embracing with delight.
“OMG-he hit a cop! They ran that lady right over…” Police officer in #Philadelphia is mowed down by #BLM rioters in a pickup truck…the Fake News’ “mostly peaceful protests” are starting to look A LOT like attempted murder????#Vote RED for #LawAndOrder!pic.twitter.com/Oai0hDI9bS
— DrConservaMom???????????????? (@ConservaMomUSA) October 27, 2020
A WHOPPING 56% of Americans Say They are Better off Today (Mid-Pandemic) than Under Obama-Biden
Gallup's most recent survey found a majority of voters said they are better off now than they were four years ago, while 32% said they are worse off
A recent Gallup survey found that a whopping 56 percent of Americans say they are better off now under President Trump–in the middle of a pandemic–than they were four years ago when President Obama was in office.
During his presidential campaign in 1980, Ronald Reagan asked Americans, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Since then, this question has served as a key standard that sitting presidents running for reelection have been held to.
Gallup’s most recent survey found a clear majority of registered voters (56%) saying they are better off now than they were four years ago, while 32% said they are worse off.
The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
Gallup compared the 56 percent number to 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration when just 45 percent of Americans could say they felt they were better off. In 2004, 47 percent of Americans said they were better off and in 1992, that number was at 38 percent.
President Trump responded to the news, writing on Twitter, “The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (Biden). The highest number on record! Pretty amazing!”