Watch: Protests and looting continued for a second night in Philadelphia

Looting and vandalism continue in Philadelphia following the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

The Philadelphia Police Department increased presence across the city Tuesday and several hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were being deployed. Protesters clashed with police in West Philadelphia, dozens of people were seen looting multiple stores, including a Walmart and Foot Locker amid the unrest.

The Monday afternoon shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. happened when officers were called to a home about a man with a weapon.

“They were immediately met with a male who was carrying a knife. Several times they asked the male to drop the knife. They ordered him to drop the knife and he continued to follow them around several vehicles that are over there,” Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. In the video, two officers are seen trying to get Wallace to drop the knife. As he walks around the car, he raises his hand. Both officers open fire, shooting at least 14 times.

Wallace was shot in the shoulder and chest. One of the officers then put him in a police vehicle and drove him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The incident is the latest police shooting to rock the US and comes months after the death of George Floyd, who died when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking months of protests over the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police officers.

During Monday’s unrest, police cars and dumpsters were set on fire as officers struggled to contain the crowds. More than a dozen officers, many with batons in hand, formed a line as they ran down 52nd Street, dispersing most of the crowd. Vidoe courtesy of BNO News.

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