Father of Phila. Police Killing Victim Says Looters ‘Showing Disrespect’

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The father of the Philadelphia man killed by police appealed for an end to the looting that has erupted in the city for the second night since the Monday shooting. Walter Wallace Sr., said looters were “showing disrespect,” rather than helping his family. The Philadelphia Police Department estimated 1,000 looters had damaged businesses, and the city’s Office of Emergency Management instructed residents in several areas to remain indoors “except when necessary,” reports USA  Today.

Earlier reports that the Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized were denied by officials, who said use of the Guard was authorized by Gov. Tom Wolf, but no troops had been deployed in Philadelphia, the Washington Post reported.  The shooting occurred around 4 p.m. Monday as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon. Shaka Johnson, an attorney for Wallace’s family, said Wallace’s brother had called 911 to request medical assistance. “When you come to a scene where somebody is in a mental crisis, and the only tool you have to deal with it is a gun … where are the proper tools for the job?” Johnson asked. About 30 officers have been injured, according to media reports. District Attorney Larry Krasner promised his office’s investigation would “go where the facts and law lead us.”  The names of the officers who fired the shots at Wallace, 27, were not immediately disclosed, and their races weren’t confirmed. Wallace’s family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, the Associated Press reports.

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