Rioters destroy Philadelphia businesses and attack journalists, police overnight
Looters and rioters taking to the streets over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man who was reportedly armed with a knife and refused to comply with police orders, ransacked and destroyed local businesses and engaged in violent clashes with police overnight.
Videos from the scene in West Philadelphia showed complete chaos. Blazereporter Elijah Schaffer was also attacked when trying to capture the dangerous scene.
On Monday night, 30 police officers were wounded and 12 of the injured officers were hospitalized. In response, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf instructed the state National Guard to deploy to the area. However, on Tuesday night, the violence and destruction didn’t stop.