Some residents are asking why police didn’t use a stun gun. Police fatally shot Walter Wallace, who was armed with a knife. But a lot of folks are also angry that the protests turned to looting, destroying neighborhood businesses.
Police say the investigation will be swift, but believe the anger is far from over.
“Like many of us I have watched the video of this tragic incident. And it presents difficult questions that must be answered,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.
Kenny promises a swift investigation into the police-involved shooting of 27-year-old Wallace.
Police were called to the Wallace family’s Locust Street home in West Philadelphia Monday around 4 p.m. for a domestic complaint. Video shows officers backing up as Wallace advances with what is believed to be a knife in his hand.
Police say several shots were fired, hitting Wallace. Officers took him to the hospital, where he died.