A van full of explosives and other suspicious cargo was found inside a van at Logan Circle in Philadelphia Wednesday night prompting an investigation.
As reported by 6ABC:
Action News has learned that police recovered propane tanks, torches and possible dynamite sticks from the van.
The bomb squad is investigating. There is no word on who owns the van or if anyone has been arrested.
The discovery comes as the city remains on heightened alert following nights of unrest stemming from the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw discussed the latest on the investigation during a virtual press conference.
“As I said yesterday, this investigation has many moving parts and we are working hard to ensure that a fair and thorough investigation takes place. We plan on releasing premise history audio of 911 calls and bodycam footage of the discharging officers in the near future”.
Pennsylvania National Guard troops will be sent in to help assist police. At least 200 businesses, many still struggling from pandemic shutdowns, were the targets of massive looting across the city.
As the protests turned to extreme violence and riots, bricks and even blood were thrown at Police officers.
With 23 officers injured, it has raised the question of whether officers can use tear gas when under attack.
“Officers still have the discretion to use the OC (oleoresin capsicum, pepper spray) that they carry on them,” said Outlaw.
As far as when it comes to using tear gas on large groups, Outlaw said, “Obviously I make those decisions.”
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby has called for the release of the body cam footage, “We’re calling on the city leadership to release the facts of this case, it’s not hard, it’s cut and dry. Release what you have,”
“We will be meeting with members of Mr. Wallace’s family, to ensure they get an opportunity to view the materials first,” said Outlaw.
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"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
Gov. Tom Wolf Orders National Guard to Philadelphia
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.