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Sport Philadelphia fears further violence after the death of a black man shot by police

19:50  28 october  2020
19:50  28 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Philadelphie redoute de nouvelles violences après la mort d’un homme noir abattu par des policiers © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

After looting, fires and major mobilisations, the US city of Philadelphia fears a new outbreak of violence, this Wednesday, October 28, three days after the death of Walter Wallace Junior, a 27-year-old black man shot dead in the street by two police officers on Monday afternoon.

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To maintain order in this metropolis which has become one of the main electoral battlegrounds between Republicans and Democrats, the town hall has also appealed to the National Guard.

Looting and overflows

Images shot from a helicopter showed looters on Tuesday night robbing a Foot Locker store, as well as another store, and several videos shot by local media filmed the looting of a hypermarket Walmart, also in the north of the city.

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* Alert * A large crowd of appx 1000 is looting businesses in the area of ​​Castor and Aramingo. Avoid the area

—PhillyPolice (@Philadelphia Police)

The day before, more than thirty police officers had been injured, including a policewoman, hit "deliberately" by a van, according to the head of the police force of the city, Danielle Outlaw. She had her leg broken and was still hospitalized on Tuesday.

Other gatherings were held in the West Philadelphia neighborhood where the shot young man lived. By early Tuesday evening, there were just over a thousand marching, before being stopped by police, who had drawn up a cordon, AFP reporters noted. The procession then dispersed, but several small groups of around 100 people each crisscrossed the neighborhood, some burning trash cans and several sofas, transported to the middle of the street.

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Two policemen suspended

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The two policemen involved in the death of Walter Wallace Jr have been suspended pending the results of an investigation by the police and the local prosecutor. They had arrived at the scene in response to a call about a family dispute and about a man with a knife. According to a police spokesperson, Walter Wallace Jr. refused to drop his weapon despite the officers' orders.

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The family of the young man affirmed, through the voice of his lawyer, that the call was not intended for the police but for medical emergencies, because Walter Wallace Jr, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was in the throes of a seizure.

"These policemen were poorly trained"

, estimated Ezra Alidow, a 25-year-old black artist.

"You cannot re-educate hatred," retorted Nat Turner, a 61-year-old African-American photographer, noting that the national police union Fraternal Order of Police had recently supported Donald Trump.

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The White House is "watching closely"

Donald Trump and the Republicans have made the rise in crime in large metropolitan areas - often run by Democrats - an argument against Joe Biden.

The President of the United States often cites Pennsylvania - Philadelphia in particular - as a place where the risk of electoral fraud is the highest, although no incident has substantiated this thesis.

“We are monitoring the situation closely. We stand ready to deploy federal resources, if necessary ”

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Joe Biden also reacted quickly: while deploring a new "injustice" against the black community - at the heart of his electorate - he warned against any looting and attack against the police. "To loot is not to demonstrate, it is a crime," he said. Donald Trump is "incapable" of "bringing people together, but we will get there," he said.

United States. Looting and riots in Philadelphia, after the death of a black man killed by the police .
© Photo REUTERS / DAVID DELGADO Riots, looting and damage followed the demonstrations after the death of a black man killed by the police, Tuesday in Philadelphia. During the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, October 28, the US city of Philadelphia witnessed demonstrations and looting after the death of a black man, shot dead by police. New unrest that arises one week before the presidential election.

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