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Police shooting of Black man sparks protests and looting in Philadelphia as 30 officers injured

More than 30 officers were injured after protests and looting broke out in Philadelphia following the fatal shooting of a Black man by police in the city.

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Crowds of protesters took to West Philadelphia’s streets on Monday in response to the death of Walter Wallace Jr, a Black man who was shot by police in Cobb’s Creek earlier that day.

Police spokesperson Tanya Little said that two officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon on Monday afternoon.

Video from the incident showed Mr Wallace advancing towards the officers, while his mother attempted to restrain him.

Ms Little said that Mr Wallace was armed with a knife, but it is unclear from the video whether that was the case.

As he approached the police, the camera pointed downward while several shots were heard by the two officers. The video then showed Mr Wallace lying motionless on the floor.

e was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

Protests broke out in response to the shooting on Monday evening, and the Philadelphia Police Department said that at least 30 officers were injured, including a 56-year-old sergeant whose leg was broken after he was struck by a pickup truck, according to NBC 10.

All of the injured officers were treated and released from medical care overnight, except for the sergeant.

Several stores, including one restaurant and multiple Rite Aid shops were broken into overnight, while people were seen attempting to force their way into a cheque cashing store.

Ms Little said that Mr Wallace was armed with a knife, but it is unclear from the video whether that was the case.

As he approached the police, the camera pointed downward while several shots were heard by the two officers. The video then showed Mr Wallace lying motionless on the floor.

Police say 30 officers were injured, including a 56-year-old female officer who was hit by a car at 52nd and Walnut Streets. Police say she suffered a broken leg.

Police say all of the officers injured are in stable condition. Other than the officer with a broken leg, they’ve all been treated and released from the hospital. Police say that most of the officers who were injured were hit with rocks, bricks, and other projectiles.

Also, at 52nd and Market Streets, a police SUV was set on fire.

Source: independent.co.uk philadelphia.cbslocal.com

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