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Crime Philadelphia Man Proposes to Girlfriend as Protesters Clash With Police

17:25  28 october  2020
17:25  28 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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A couple got engaged on the streets of Philadelphia as protests over the shooting of Walter Wallace raged around them.

a group of glass bottles on a table: Police in tactical gear form a line facing demonstrators near the location where Walter Wallace, Jr. was killed by two police officers on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   A couple got engaged in the middle of the street during the protests. © Mark Makela/Getty Images Police in tactical gear form a line facing demonstrators near the location where Walter Wallace, Jr. was killed by two police officers on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A couple got engaged in the middle of the street during the protests.

Maurice Small, 32, proposed to Tanesha Pennington—his girlfriend of eight years—in the middle of the street at the intersection of 52nd and Chestnut on Tuesday night, according to local reports.

Small popped the question as a line of police officers holding riot shields looked on. The moment of joy came during the second night of violent unrest in the city, which has seen police officers clashing with protesters and widespread looting.

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In a video shared to social media, Small can be seen kneeling in the street before he stands and the couple embrace. Crowds of protesters surround them cheering while filming the proposal on their phones.

In the background, cars can be seen waiting to cross the intersection while blue police vehicle lights flash and officers in riot gear stand in a line.

Pennington told The Philadelphia Inquirer that she and Small conceived a baby, but had lost it to a miscarriage. She told the publication that the tragedy had brought them closer together and led to the proposal on Tuesday.

In tears, she said: "We realized we didn't want to be with anyone else."

It came against a backdrop of chaos as people took to the streets for the second night running.

In videos shared on social media, police officers can be seen throwing punches, deploying tear gas and using their batons to try to bring the protests under control. Other clips captured stores being trashed as looters flood the aisles and ransack shelves.

The Philadelphia Police Department warned that a large crowd of about 1,000 people were looting businesses in the area of Castor and Aramingo Avenues.

Due to the chaos, officers requested that residents remain indoors in West and North Philadelphia, Kensington, and other areas.

The Pennsylvania National Guard has been mobilized to help with the response to the riots.

Public affairs officer Lieutenant Colonel Keith Hickox said in a statement that Governor Tom Wolf had directed the state's National Guard to deploy to assist local law enforcement "in protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest."

Hickox gave no specifics for the number of troops mobilized, how long the Guard presence in the city is expected to last or exactly how many troops will be deployed.

a person wearing a helmet: A demonstrator confronts police officers forming a barricade line during a protest near the location where Walter Wallace, Jr. was killed by two police officers on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Makela/Getty Images © Mark Makela/Getty Images A demonstrator confronts police officers forming a barricade line during a protest near the location where Walter Wallace, Jr. was killed by two police officers on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Makela/Getty Images

The two nights of riots erupted in Philadelphia after the police shooting of Wallace on a West Philadelphia street.

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  Walter Wallace shooting: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as protests devolve into violence The Philadelphia Police Department requested that residents in seven districts stay indoors as demonstrators took to the streets for a second night following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. © Matt Slocum/AP Protesters confront police during a march over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Spurts of violence popped up during protests Tuesday, police said, including bricks being thrown at officers. Looting of retail stores in the city have also occurred over the last few days.

Officers were called to Locust and South 61st streets just before 5 p.m. on Monday to reports of a man holding a weapon.

The 27-year-old was shot several times by police as he approached them allegedy armed with a knife, in an incident that was captured on film and posted online. Wallace was later pronounced dead.

In the clip, a woman—reported to be Wallace's mother— tries to restrain him before he walks into the street. Officers can be heard repeatedly telling him to drop the weapon before shooting.

The man recording the incident can be heard saying: "Did you really have to give him that many shots."

Wallace's family said the 27-year-old suffers from mental health issues and was on medication at the time.

a group of people standing in a bar: A row of police face demonstrators in Philadelphia on October 27, 2020, during a protest over the police shooting of 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace. GABRIELLA AUDI/AFP via Getty Images © GABRIELLA AUDI/AFP via Getty Images A row of police face demonstrators in Philadelphia on October 27, 2020, during a protest over the police shooting of 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace. GABRIELLA AUDI/AFP via Getty Images

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