The victim’s family says he had mental problems. Police say he shot because he had a knife. Hundreds of protesters called for justice.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia for the second day in a row to demand justice after the death of a young black man at the hands of the police in that American city, in another episode of racial bias and police violence, in full campaign for the elections in the United States, next Tuesday.
During the demonstration, some uncontrolled groups they staged looting in several stores, prompting the intervention of the police, one of whose officers was injured.
The event occurred this Monday when the police shot a young black man, Walter Wallace, 27, which, according to his family, suffered from mental problems.
The police, however, claim that the young man was shot after showing them a knife, in an event that still Is being investigated.
The protest, according to various media, began in peaceful way, with various groups of protesters chanting Walter Wallace’s name and demanding justice.
But it turned violent when the group arrived at a police compound and confronted a group of officers. Several people then threw stones, light bulbs or bricks to the police, describes the chain CNN.
While these clashes were taking place, groups of citizens began to loot some shops and department stores in other areas of the city, on the US east coast, in the state of Pennsylvania.
The death of Wallace, an event yet to be clarified and which has been disseminated on social networks after being recorded with a mobile phone, has shocked the citizens of Philadelphia and joins other similar events in recent months that have also generated protests by the excessive use of force by the police, especially against the black population.
The protests on Tuesday follow those that took place on Monday in the same city of Philadelphia after the death of the young man, in which dozens of arrests were made and about 30 police officers were injured, according to the sources.
These new clashes also take place at the end of the presidential election campaign that the United States is experiencing, which next week will have to decide at the polls if the Republican Donald Trump is still in office or if the Democrat Joe Biden succeeds him.