Police who shot Wallace were improperly trained, family says

Footage from body-worn cameras captured when police responded to a call through Walter Wallace Jr. shows him appearing from a house with a knife while relatives yell at officials about his mental health, a lawyer said of the man's family on Thursday. The video also shows Wallace was incapacitated after the first shot of 14 two officers fired at him, attorney Shaka Johnson said, describing the footage the police gave him and other members of Wallace's family prior to a plan Had shown release and 911 calls publicly. "I understand he had a knife, but that frankly doesn't give you carte blanche to execute a man," Johnson told reporters at a news conference outside Philadelphia City Hall. " What other than death did you have in mind when you shot a man – every officer – seven times each? "The family does not want the officers, who have not yet been publicly identified, to be charged with murder, said Johnson, because they were not properly trained and did not have the right equipment. The video shows" instant panic "from officers training them just taught how to open fire, he said, noting that he saw no viable attempt by officials to de-escalate the situation. "What you will not see is a man with a knife pouncing on someone who is the cause for his killing, "said Johnson. Police were also reprimanded by Philadelphia leaders when the tormented city lamented the department's response to a year of exceptional and sometimes violent rioting. The city council, along with leaders from other cities, voted to Stop the police from using tear gas, rubber bullets or pepper spray on peaceful protesters after spending hours on Auss agen had heard of people who had been injured or traumatized by them, including a group of people who were hit with tear gas while being penned near a highway overpass. "It was undisciplined, it was indiscriminate and it hurt a lot of people," said Councilor Helen Gym, who introduced the bill. The steps follow days of protests, store break-ins and ATM thefts following the death of Wallace, a black man who led the mayor to put the city on an overnight curfew Wednesday night. The family called both medical services and the police on Monday, but only the latter had arrived, lawyer Shaka Johnson said. Less than 30 seconds after the encounter, Wallace was dead and was hit by an explosion of 14 bullets, he said. Police said the two officers shot after Wallace ignored orders to drop a knife. Wallace's mother and wife were outside shouting his mental health issues to police, Johnson said. In a press conference on Wednesday, Outlaw lamented the lack of a behavioral health department in a department that she had only joined earlier this year. She promised to address this need and told the council that she supported the aim of her bill, which she believed was consistent with current police policy. Mayor Jim Kenney also supports the ban in principle, but wants to review it before it is incorporated into law, a spokesman said. The city had a large number of protesters in recent years, until the Black Lives Matter protests broke out in the city on May 30 after the death of George Floyd. Chaos and violent clashes ensued, and broke out again this week after Wallace's death in a largely black part of west Philadelphia. "The unjustified shots of Walter Wallace Jr. this week made our city both angry and grieving, but also extremely focused on taking action," Gym said. Several other cities in the US have similar measures to limit the use of chemical sprays and rubber bullets against protesters. Meanwhile, US attorney William McSwain, appointed by President Donald Trump, announced Thursday that a Philadelphia social studies teacher would be charged with three others for their alleged role in the flares of two police cruisers during the protests May 30. According to McSwain, 29-year-old instructor Anthony Smith and two other "flammable materials" placed a cruiser near City Hall that was already on fire, and another man was separately charged with setting fire to a second cruiser Smith helped organize the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial and Economic Legal Justice, known locally as Philly for REAL Justice.

Footage from body-worn cameras captured when police responded to a call through Walter Wallace Jr. shows him appearing from a house with a knife while relatives yell at officials about his mental health, a lawyer said of the man's family on Thursday.

The video also shows Wallace was incapacitated after the first shot of 14 two officers fired at him, attorney Shaka Johnson said, describing the footage the police gave him and other members of Wallace's family prior to a plan Publication and 911 calls publicly shown.

"I understand he had a knife, but that frankly doesn't give you carte blanche to execute a man," Johnson told reporters at a news conference outside Philadelphia City Hall. "When you shot a man, you were going to do anything but death." – each officer – seven times a piece? "

The family doesn't want the officers, who have not yet been publicly identified, to be charged with murder, Johnson said, because they weren't properly trained and didn't have the right equipment to do their job.

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The video shows "instant panic" from officers whose training only taught them how to open fire, he said, noting that he saw no feasible attempt by officers to de-escalate the situation.

"What you won't see is a man with a knife pouncing on someone who might be the cause of his murder," said Johnson.

Police were also reprimanded by leaders in Philadelphia when the tormented city lamented the department's response to a year of exceptional and sometimes violent unrest.

The city council, which joined leaders in other cities, voted to prevent police from using tear gas, rubber bullets or pepper spray on peaceful protesters after hearing for hours testimony from people they had injured or traumatized, including one Group hit with tear gas near a highway overpass.

"It was undisciplined, it was indiscriminate, and it hurt a lot of people," said Councilor Helen Gym, who introduced the bill.

The moves follow days of protests, store break-ins and theft of ATMs following the death of Wallace, a black man who caused the mayor to put the city on an overnight curfew Wednesday night.

The family called both medical services and the police on Monday, but only the latter had arrived, lawyer Shaka Johnson said. Less than 30 seconds after the encounter, Wallace was dead and was hit by an explosion of 14 bullets, he said.

Police said the two officers shot after Wallace ignored orders to drop a knife. Wallace's mother and wife were outside calling the police about his mental health issues, Johnson said.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Outlaw lamented the lack of a behavioral health department in a department that she had only joined earlier this year.

She promised to address this need and told the council that she supported the aim of her bill, which she believed was consistent with current police policy. Mayor Jim Kenney also broadly supports the ban, but wants to review it before signing the law, a spokesman said.

The city has had a large number of protesters in recent years, until Black Lives Matter protests broke out in the city on May 30 after the death of George Floyd. Chaos and violent clashes ensued, and broke out again this week after Wallace's death in a largely black part of west Philadelphia.

"The unjustified shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. this week made our town both angry and sad, but also extremely focused on taking action," said Gym.

Several other cities in the US have discussed or adopted similar measures to restrict the use of chemical sprays and rubber bullets against protesters.

Meanwhile, U.S. attorney William McSwain, appointed by President Donald Trump, indicted a Philadelphia social studies teacher and three others on Thursday for their alleged roles in the flares of two police cruisers during the May 30 protests known.

According to McSwain, 29-year-old teacher Anthony Smith and two others put “combustible materials” in a cruiser near City Hall that was already on fire. Another man was separately charged with setting fire to a second cruiser. Smith helped organize the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial and Economic Legal Justice, known locally as Philly for REAL Justice.

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