Amidst the ongoing protests in Philadelphia, police officers on Tuesday night had “something that looked like blood thrown at them intentionally,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Outlaw provided information about the current state of the nightly protests in the city following the fatal shooting of 27-year-old black man Walter Wallace Jr. by police on Monday.
In addition to the apparent blood thrown at the officers, Outlaw noted that “23 officers were injured. The injuries include various cuts and bruises, etc. These were from projectiles, stones, bricks, etc. that were thrown”.
In response to the shooting of Wallace, protesters clashed with police and caused great damage throughout the city.
At their press conference, Outlaw condemned the violent protests, saying: “What we saw yesterday throughout our city, but especially in the Castor and Aramingo [avenues]area, had absolutely nothing to do with protests.
She continued: “The widespread lawlessness, including the burglary and looting of stores in the area, serves no purpose. These people do nothing but waste our precious resources. Let me be clear: this behavior is not acceptable, under any circumstances, and it will never be tolerated”.
According to Outlaw, following Tuesday night’s protests, police have received 297 reports of looting and nine incidents of vehicle damage and vandalism.
“Yesterday there were 81 arrests made citywide during the riots,” Outlaw said during the press conference, adding that 53 people were arrested for burglary, eight for assaulting police officers, one arrest for aggravated assault, four for robbery, one for arson, two for trespassing, one for vandalism and seven for disorderly conduct.
Philadelphia police declined to comment after being contacted by Tekk.tv.
Philadelphia Assistant Police Commissioner Melvin Singleton also spoke at the press conference and said 1,000 people were involved in looting and burglary in the Castor and Aramingo Avenues area.
“We had established both roving looting patrols in the city and static patrols in the area at this particular Castor and Aramingo location,” Singleton said. “But 1,000 looters were not expected. We had zero information to warn us about them,” Singleton said.
Wallace was shot after officers responded to a call about a man with a knife. Upon his arrival, they saw him holding a knife in his hand and waving it around. The person who filmed the incident, JaHiem Simpson, told CNN that he saw the officers draw their weapons as soon as they noticed the knife.
Videos of the incident show Wallace walking around a parked car while the officers backed up as he approached them. The officers then shot him several times and he was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he died.