Riots started in Philadelphia on Monday night after police shot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man.
A video circulating around social media shows police aiming their guns at Wallace Jr. as he walks toward them. The camera pans down to the ground and a dozen shots can be heard. The video shows Wallace Jr. falling to the ground as people rush toward him.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Eric Gripp said that officers ordered Wallace Jr. to drop his weapon, but instead he “advanced towards the officers.”
Reports were that two officers fired several times and, after Wallace Jr. fell to the ground, they drove him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died.
Wallace Jr. has been confirmed by his mother and elder brother to have mental health issues and was taking medications for it.
Soon after, riot ensued. Police cars were set on fire, and dumpsters went up in flame as hundreds took to the streets to protest. Multiple businesses were also looted.
Police struggled to contain the crowds, and videos on social media shows officers using batons in a clash with a group on a residential street.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is also looking into the shooting: “We intend to go where the facts and law lead us and to do so carefully, without rushing to judgment and without bias of any kind. In the hours and days following this shooting, we ask Philadelphians to come together to uphold people’s freedom to express themselves peacefully and to reject violence of any kind.”