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US News Curfew decreed in Philadelphia, 6 days before the presidential election

00:40  29 october  2020
00:40  29 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Couvre-feu décrété à Philadelphie, à 6 jours de la présidentielle © Provided by Le Point

A curfew has been decreed in the American city of Philadelphia after two nights of violence triggered by the death of a shot dead black man by the police, a situation that Donald Trump claimed to be monitoring "closely".

Six days before the presidential election, this curfew, which will be in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. local Thursday, reflects the rise in tension in Pennsylvania's first metropolis, a key state in Tuesday's presidential battle next.

Donald Trump - as he had already done in the past - pointed the finger at the Democratic mayor of the city, Jim Kenney, on Wednesday, deeming him incapable of putting an end to the violence.

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"What I see is terrible, and frankly, the mayor or whoever allows people to protest and loot is also terrible," said the Republican president, from Las Vegas where he continues his campaign.

When questioned during a press briefing, the mayor refused to respond directly to these attacks.

"I am not commenting on Donald Trump's things, we have enough to do in town, he is not bringing any positive help to the situation," he said.

National Guard units, in unspecified number, are also expected in this city of 1.5 million inhabitants, which had already experienced violent protests and curfews during the monster rallies caused by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

The city authorities, however, said on Wednesday that the National Guard was "not expected before Friday".

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During their press briefing, Mayor Kenney and municipal police chief Danielle Outlaw once again called for an end to the looting, which they both described as "unacceptable".

Calls relayed by Democratic candidate Joe Biden . "There is no excuse for looting and violence," former vice president Barack Obama said on CNN . "Demonstrating is totally legitimate, but looting - as the victim's father said, don't do that (...), it doesn't help, it's worse."

More than 170 arrests

The unrest began Monday evening with the posting on social networks of a video filmed a few hours earlier showing the death of a 27-year-old man, Walter Wallace Junior, shot dead in the street by two police officers , with the first looting and scuffles in the district of West Philadelphia, where the victim lived.

The precise circumstances of Walter Wallace Junior's death remain to be clarified. Police say they responded to a call for family dispute, reporting the man had 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 lawyer however claimed that the man suffered from bipolar disorder and that the call was for medical emergencies, not the police.

The two policemen, who have not yet been identified, have been suspended. An investigation is underway, led by the police and the local prosecutor, on which Ms. Outlaw has promised "full transparency".

Tuesday evening, more than 1,000 people demonstrated in this neighborhood, causing further clashes with the police. And in another district in the north of the city, where the police admitted to having "seen nothing coming", businesses were robbed and cash machines destroyed.

More than 170 people have been arrested since Monday night, Philadelphia police said.

28/10/2020 21:53:13 - Philadelphia ( United States ) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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