Were Philly police told not to respond to calls for disturbance, missing person, stolen vehicle, burglary or theft…
The armed victim shot by police had a criminal history reports Fox News.
During the second night of rioting, protesting, and looting following the police shooting and killing of a knife-armed suspect, Walter Wallace, it was reported via social media and news outlets that over thirty stores had been looted and that protesters were “attacking white people.” Elijah Schaffer, a reporter for The Blaze was “viciously beaten” by a group of rioters in what he believes was a targeted attack “because he was white.” There was a separate report of Jews being attacked and threatened last night as well.
A video posted by @MrAndyNgo on Twitter showed a store being looted. A reporter for Philly’s Fox News 29 said that 11 people had been shot during the looting and protesting last night – “Looters were shotting looters,” tweeted Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29). Keeley also said that @PhillyPolice told him that a fifty-year-old man that had his car filled (NFI) then had all his stuff re-stolen from him…”
The Philadelphia Police put out warnings on social media last night for citizens to avoid certain areas and to stay indoors due to the amount of looting and violence they were seeing.
The Philadelphia Police Department is requesting that all residents in the 12, 16, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26th Districts remain indoors except when necessary. These areas are experiencing widespread demonstrations that have turned violent with looting.
*Alert* A large crowd of appx 1000 is looting businesses in the area of Castor and Aramingo. Avoid the areaTwo alerts posted to Twitter via @PhillyPolice
Conflicting claims regarding the incident and victim
Reports, mainly on social media, yesterday claimed that the Philadelphia Police officers involved in the shooting and killing of Wallace had shot at an unarmed man who was mentally ill. Fox News reported yesterday that Wallace, in fact, had a criminal history and had “rapped about killing” people, including police officers.
Initial news reports said the Philadelphia Police were responding to a domestic violence call. Other news reports reported yesterday that the Wallace family is now saying that they called for an ambulance.
Court records obtained by the news outlet also show Wallace had a criminal history. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to robbery, assault and possessing an instrument of crime, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
Authorities said he kicked down the door of another woman and put a gun to her head.
…and was awaiting trial for allegedly threatening to shoot a woman, according to media reports.Fox News
What happens tonight?
The Times and other news outlets reported that the White House would consider sending federal resources to Philadelphia to restore order.
There was an interesting post on Twitter claiming that the Philadelphia Police were ordered to not intervene and make no arrests. An apparent screenshot of a message sent to police officers says that “Philadelphia Police Will Respond To ‘Priority’ Calls Only. This means no calls for disturbance, missing person, stolen vehicle, burglary or theft will be answered.”