"Put the Knife Down": Police Shooting Leads to Riots in Philadelphia

"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.

Dem Policies Put Lowest Number Of Cops On Streets In Years, Crime Rises 166%


Democratic leadership has been hostile towards police and law enforcement, and the very unfortunate reality is that it is getting their constituents killed. “New York City saw another huge increase in gun crimes last month as the NYPD’s chief of crime control strategies says the agency is coping with the lowest number of cops on the streets in six years,” reports CBS News.

Numbers don’t lie and these are screaming alarm of high murder rates. “The city saw a 166% increase in shooting incidents in August – 242 compared to 91 in August 2019…In addition, murders are up 47% for the month, with 53 this year versus 36 in August 2019” CBS New York reports. “There is too much killing,” said one Brooklyn resident. “I’m tired of it. Every night there’s guns shooting.”

Even Democrats should be able to follow simple math leading to the devastating consequences. “The increase comes as the NYPD has seen a dramatic drop in manpower due to a combination of $1 billion in defund-the-police budget cuts, no overtime, no new police class, and a dramatic increase in the number of police officers retiring” cites CBS.

Michael LiPetri, the NYPD’s chief of crime control strategies, explained the numerical details. “We have calculated that approximately 2,000 to 3,000, maybe even 4,000 fewer officers are out on the streets for any given week” said LiPetri. In areas where crime has dramatically increased has greatly suffered from the lack of police presence. “That’s where the overtime was going last summer. The overtime was going to the most violent commands in New York City” said LiPetri.

Are Cuomo and de Blasio concerned by the consequences of their legislation? No. As a matter of fact, Mayor Bill de Blasio “is putting his faith in community violence interrupters, known as Cure Violence groups” over police forces. “We’ve seen stunning success in the past. We know it will take root here again. But everyone is still trying to come back from massive disruption. We’re not going to see an overnight turnaround” de Blasio said.

However, even the Cure Violence group says of the fighting crime task, “it’s something that we can’t take personal responsibility, which is an entire precinct’s stats. Our work is concentrated in very small target areas” said group member A.T. Mitchell. In essence, de Blasio is saying to those whose neighborhoods are riddled with bullets, “deal with it.”

Michael Moore Chastises Biden For Only Visiting ‘White Michigan,’ Avoiding ‘Black Michigan’


Liberal and controversial filmmaker Michael Moore warns vice president Biden’s campaign they are at risk of losing his home state of Michigan. While speaking to The Hill TV’s “Rising” Moore expressed his concern that Trump has already cut Biden’s lead “in half” since June. “The fact that Trump has narrowed the lead by 50 percent since June should have everyone screaming bloody murder,” said Moore.

Moore blames the drop in support of an insufficient “ground game.” “It’s actually worse than Hillary. At least there was a ground game, even though she didn’t show up” said Moore. By ground game, Moore means there were Hillary offices and campaign offices as well as aggressive door-to-door campaigning in many towns.

Moore acknowledged the benefit of Biden’s recent visit to Michigan, but had pointed criticism Biden avoided “Black Michigan” and only visited “White Michigan.” Biden has received similar criticism for not giving due diligence to visiting the Latino population in Florida.

After the Republican National Convention, Moore warned Democrats of a Republican ‘resistance’ because “the enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much. Don’t leave it to the Democrats to get rid of Trump. YOU have to get rid of Trump.”

Moore has been singing the same tune for months. During an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Moore warned of Trump “none of us should take him for granted.” “We need to behave as if he will win a second term. Anybody who right now says, ‘Oh no,’ you’re really part of the problem because you’re not taking this seriously” added Moore. “He knows exactly what he’s doing.”

Maher and Moore then discussed what they think is an actual likelihood of Trump refusing to vacate the White House in the event of a Biden win. “Listen, if that’s the case, if the police don’t do their job, there’s you and me, Bill…I mean, you and I are gonna go there – or at least I’m inviting you to come with me – but we’re gonna go there and I think we could get thousands, millions of Americans to show up and escort him in the best eviction ever that has taken place in the United States and remove him from that building. He’s not staying!”

However, fast forward a few months, and it looks like Moore’s much less confident about a Biden win.


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