United States: Philadelphia curfew due to riots after black man killed by police

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Thousands of people have come out to protest since Monday, when police shot dead Walter Wallace, 27, who was armed with a knife.

The American city of Philadelphia, rocked by looting and violent protests after the death of a black man at the hands of the police, it decreed a curfew on Wednesday.

The decision will take effect from this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT on Thursday) until Thursday at 06:00 (10:00 GMT), the municipal government announced after Republican President Donald Trump blame Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney for the violence.

Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Philadelphia since Monday, when the police shot Walter Wallace to death, a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife.

Wallace’s family said he was bipolar, and that they called for an ambulance by calling 911, but the one who came was the police. They also ask why the officers did not use a taser gun to arrest Wallace, instead of firearms.

Wallace’s death and protests in Pennsylvania, a key weather vane state in the November 3 presidential election, they rekindled tensions between Republicans and Democrats.

“What I see is terrible, and frankly, the mayor or whoever it is that authorizes people to demonstrate and loot without stopping them is just as terrible,” Trump said in Las Vegas, in the middle of an election tour.

In 2016, Trump won the Pennsylvania election by just 40,000 votes, a traditionally Democratic state.

“I don’t comment on Donald Trump, we have enough to do in this city, it does not bring anything positive, “responded Mayor Kenney at a press conference, after calling the violence” unacceptable. “

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday the deployment of National Guard troops, which according to the municipal government will begin arriving in Philadelphia on Friday.

The mayor said about 1,000 people took part in looting and acts of violence Tuesday night. In the north of the city there were several shops and ATMs destroyed.

On Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, said in a statement that they had “the broken heart” for the death of Wallace.

But they also called on the protesters to protest peacefully. “Looting is not protesting, it is a crime,” they said.

Trump, meanwhile, promises his supporters that he will defend them “law and order” if he is reelected.

Philadelphia and many other American cities recorded massive protests against racism and police brutality following the death in late May of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis, after a white police officer knelt for several minutes on his neck.

More than 170 people have been arrested since Monday night in Philadelphia, according to local police, who reported 53 officers injured and 17 police vehicles damaged.

Mayor Kenney said the curfew will be extended if necessary.


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