Walter Wallace Jr. Wiki – Walter Wallace Jr. Biography
Walter Wallace Jr. is a Black man who was shot and killed by Phuladelphia police in an incidence that was caught in a graphic and disturbing video. The video is captioned below, but be aware that it’s disturbing and shows the moment of the shooting.
The shooting happened just before 4pm local time, with two officers firing at the man. He has since been identified as Walter Wallace Jr, 27. Authorities said Mr Wallace had ignored their directions to drop his weapon. It’s not clear how many times he was shot at.
“Numerous shell casings are in the street. Neighbours are irate, crying, yelling at police,” Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Ellie Rushing tweeted from the scene. US Civil Rights lawyer Ben Crump also tweeted about the incident and said man was shot at more than 10 times, and killed “in front of his loved ones”.
Walter Wallace Jr. Age
Walter Wallace Jr. was 27 years old.
Walter Wallace Jr. was Armed with a Knife
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wallace was “armed with a knife.” The newspaper named Wallace after learning his name from family members; police have not officially released it. According to the newspaper, he “appeared further than arm’s length away” when the officer fired.
ergeant Eric Gripp, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police said officers were called to the block where they encountered a man holding a knife, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sgt Gripp said the man was told to drop the weapon, and he “advanced towards the officers”. The officers were wearing body cameras and investigators are reviewing footage from the scene. Witnesses said the man had been about three metres from the officers when they opened fire, according to reports. He’d been walking towards them as they officers backed away.
The victim’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., said his mother had been trying to calm the confrontation.
“Why didn’t they use a taser?” Mr Wallace Sr. asked reporters. “His mother was trying to diffuse the situation.”
He also claimed his son had mental health issues and was on medication. “He has mental issues. Why you have to gun him down?”
Scanner traffic Statement
Scanner traffic said an officer was down as riots escalated in the city, possibly struck with an SUV. His or her condition was not yet known.
“Responding officers witnessed a male on the block. Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it, and waiving it erratically,” said Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp to CBS Philadelphia.
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The video shows two police officers with guns drawn in a residential neighborhood when Wallace walks in their direction from between parked cars, and they shoot him down. A woman who appears to know him was at the scene and grows emotional as other people gather around the body.
“You had to give him that many f*cking shots,” a man says in the video. “They just killed him.”
He comes out from between the two cars. Listen to the live scanner here.
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier Statement
“This is a downright tragedy. Walter Wallace Jr., a resident of my district, was shot to death by police while his mother stood steps away. I extend my deepest condolences to her, and to all of this young man’s family and friends. Our whole communit is mourning his loss tonight,” Councilmember Jamie Gauthier wrote in a statement posted to her Twitter page.
— Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (@CouncilmemberJG) October 27, 2020
“I am calling on the Philadelphia Police Department to immediately release the body camera footage of the officers involved in this incident. The public deserves a full, unvarnished accounting of what took place today.”
She further wrote, “We must acknowledge that things did not need to play out this way. Resorting to the use of a service weapon should be the absolute last resort for any officer. Had these officers employed de-escalation techniques and non-lethal weapons rather than making the split-second decision to fire their guns, this young man might still have his life tonight. Had these officers valued the life of this Black man – had they treated him as a person experiencing mental health issues, instead of a criminal – we might be spared out collective outrage at yet another injustice at the hands of police. In this moments of reckoning and pain for West Philly, we need accountability, we need justice, and we need it now.”
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the office’s Special Investigation Unit will be involved in the investigation into the shooting.
“The DAO Special Investigation Unit responded to today’s fatal shooting of a civilian by police shortly after it occurred, and has been on scene with other DAO personnel since that time investigating, as we do jointly with the PPD Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Unit, in shootings and fatalities by other means involving police,” Mr Krasner said in a statement.