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A demonstrator holds a bouquet of flowers during a rally after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was shot by police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2020. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Mass Looting Engulfs Philadelphia in Wake of Police Shooting of Knife-Wielding Man

The protests started on Monday following the fatal shooting of a black citizen, and quickly grew into riots, with vandalism, looting, and clashes with police forces, which resulted in some 30 officers injured, according to local media reports.

Mass riots have continued in Philadelphia after a video went viral on Monday that showed 27-year-old Walter Wallace being fatally shot by two police officers after he did not obey orders to back away and drop a knife.

A lawyer representing Wallace's family said he had bipolar disorder.

On Tuesday evening, several hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were deployed to the city to help local law enforcement quell civil unrest.

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18:33 GMT 28.10.2020
Governor Wolf Says Coordinating With Philadelphia Mayor to Ensure Safety Amid Unrest

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement on Wednesday that he and the mayor of Philadelphia are in close contact to ensure that violence in the city is minimized as much as possible in the ongoing riots.

"My administration has been in constant contact with the Mayor's office, and will be ready to assist with requests, when they are made, to keep the focus on our deep-seeded challenges, and avoid unnecessary harm to businesses that provide services to affected neighborhoods," Wolf said.

On Monday, mass riots broke out in Philadelphia after police officers fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr, a Black man who was approaching them holding a knife despite their order to stop and drop the weapon.

Several hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have deployed to the city to help local police quell the civil unrest.

At least 30 law enforcement officers were injured during clashes in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the majority of them hit by bricks and rocks, according to media reports.

Late Tuesday, the White House said in a statement that the reignited Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia are the result of the "Liberal Democrats' war against the police."

The White House added that the Trump administration stands with the police and is ready to deploy any federal resources to restore order.

18:18 GMT 28.10.2020
Biden Says 'No Excuse' for Looting, Violence in Philadelphia After Police Killed Black Man

The acts of looting and violence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following the police killing of an African American man are inexcusable, US Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Biden told reporters on Wednesday.

"There is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence," Biden said.

On Monday, riots broke out in Philadelphia after police officers shot dead Walter Wallace Jr. who approached them while holding a knife despite being ordered to stop and drop the weapon. The rioting continued on Tuesday and spilled over to New York City. Some 30 police officers were injured in the riots and numerous businesses damaged and looted.

Several hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been deployed to Philadelphia to help local police quell civil unrest.

Biden said protesting the Wallace’s death is "totally legitimate and reasonable," but urged people avoid violence.

"The victim’s father said, do not do this," Biden added.

13:15 GMT 28.10.2020
NYC Police Detain 30 Over Protests Against Shooting of Black Man in Philadelphia, Reports Say

Nearly 30 people have been arrested during reignited Black Lives Matter protests in the New York city in response to a police shooting in the US state of Philadelphia that left an African American man, Walter Wallace Jr, dead, the NBC New York broadcaster reported on Wednesday.

06:14 GMT 28.10.2020
White House Calls Philadelphia Protests Result of Liberal Democrats' 'War Against Police'

"The riots in Philadelphia are the most recent consequence of the Liberal Democrats’ war against the police. Law enforcement is an incredibly dangerous occupation, and thousands of officers have given their lives in the line of duty. All lethal force incidents must be fully investigated. The facts must be followed wherever they lead to ensure fair and just results. In America, we resolve conflicts through the courts and the justice system", the White House statement read.

It added that the Trump Administration stood proudly with the police, and was ready to deploy any resources to cease the violence.

03:40 GMT 28.10.2020
Clashes Reported Druing Anti-Police Riots in Downtown Brooklyn
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02:47 GMT 28.10.2020
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02:06 GMT 28.10.2020
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01:56 GMT 28.10.2020
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01:50 GMT 28.10.2020
Looting Reported in Several Areas of Philadelphia Amid Ongoing Unrest
A business owner stands outside of her looted beauty supply store following protests over the police shooting death of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2020. - Sputnik International
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01:29 GMT 28.10.2020
Riots Continue in Philadelphia for Second Day Over Fatal Shooting of Black Citizen
Police officers guard a pick-up truck loaded with looted merchandise following protests over the police shooting death of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2020. - Sputnik International
Protesters Return to Streets in Philadelphia Following Shooting of Black Man by Police
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