Crime Philadelphia Man Proposes to Girlfriend as Protesters Clash With Police
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A couple got engaged on the streets of Philadelphia as protests over the shooting of Walter Wallace raged around them.
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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A MAN JUST PROPOSED IN FRONT OF THE RIOT POLICE #OTGWESTPHILLY pic.twitter.com/S8q8gxQFOd— jason n. peters (@JPeters2100) October 28, 2020
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.
"Maurice Small, 32, proposed to Tanesha Pennington, his girlfriend of 8 years, in the intersection of 52nd and Chestnut, as a line of police officers with riot shields looked on."
Photo by @khalifaheatherhttps://t.co/svLdsaceCT pic.twitter.com/Anm7fsVRow
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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.
*Alert* A large crowd of appx 1000 is looting businesses in the area of Castor and Aramingo. Avoid the area
Protests grip Philadelphia, leaving officers injured and stores damaged, after police kill a Black man
Wallace's family questioned why police couldn't use less lethal force when confronting a man they said was having a mental health crisis. The Philadelphia Police Department said two officers fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr. several times Monday afternoon after he refused to drop the knife as his mother followed closely behind, trying to restrain him. But Wallace’s family and local activists pointed to cellphone video of the shooting, asking why officers didn’t use less lethal weapons to try to subdue him.— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) October 28, 2020
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.
The two nights of riots erupted in Philadelphia after the police shooting of Wallace on a West Philadelphia street.
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.
2 charged after explosives found in van amid unrest in Philadelphia .
Protests erupted in the city after Walter Wallace Jr. was killed by police Monday. Brian Larue and Eric Murray have each been hit with three felony charges, including possession of weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy, and risking a catastrophe, along with several misdemeanor charges, authorities said.