Protests erupt in Philly after police fatally shoot armed black man
A minimum of one police officer was run over by a truck in Philadelphia as protesters stormed the streets Monday night time in response to a fatal police shooting earlier within the day.
The officer who was struck could be seen in footage on social media as a black truck swerves into a bunch of officers lined throughout the road to guard towards oncoming demonstrators, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The situation of the officer was not instantly clear.
The unruly demonstrations erupted over the loss of life of Water Wallace, who was shot by police after refusing to drop a knife at about 4 p.m.
The newspaper reported that some protesters additionally chucked objects, together with bricks, at cops in riot gear throughout a tense standoff on the police district headquarters.
Looting was additionally reported at a number of shops within the metropolis.
Video of the deadly encounter from earlier Monday exhibits Wallace strolling in direction of officers who’ve their weapons drawn at him.
Witnesses instructed the Inquirer that Wallace was carrying a knife however didn’t lunge on the officers.
Two officers opened hearth on Wallace. His father, Walter Wallace Sr. stated his son was shot 10 occasions.
The officers’ names weren’t instantly launched. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated an investigation is underway.