Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I have some very sad news. This involves a black man who was shot and killed by police in Philadelphia.
The family of a Black man killed when Philadelphia police officers fired a dozen rounds in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention. This is according to the lawyer of the family of Walter Williams.
Police had received a call Monday about a man screaming and that he was armed with a knife.
The two officers each fired at least seven rounds at least 14 total shots but could not say how many times Walter Wallace was struck.
Wallace was shot before 4 p.m. Monday. The killing was filmed by a bystander and posted on social media. Witnesses complained that police fired excessive shots.
Officers said they found Wallace holding a knife and ordered him to drop the weapon several times. Wallace advanced toward the officers, who fired several times, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokesperson.
In the video, a woman and at least one man follow Wallace, trying to get him to listen to officers, as he briskly walks across the street and between cars. The woman, identified by family members as Wallace’s mother, screams and throws something at an officer after her son is shot and falls to the ground.
The video does not clearly show whether he was holding a knife, but witnesses said he was. Wallace was hit in the shoulder and chest, Little said. One of the officers drove him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
No officers or bystanders were injured in the initial confrontation. Both cops were wearing body cameras and were taken off street duty during the investigation. According to Little.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in west Philadelphia Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday. Interactions between protesters and police turned violent at times, according to the Inquirer. Videos have showed many yelling at officers and crying.