The Philadelphia police commissioner said the department will release bodycam footage and emergency calls made in connection to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., which touched off a wave of violent protests in the city this week.
The department plans to release the footage and calls “in the near future” after speaking with Wallace’s family, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. She added that the department will move “as soon as possible” to bring in mental health services.
Wallace was fatally shot by cops in West Philadelphia on Monday after police say he ignored orders to drop a knife. His family’s attorney said they had called an ambulance to help Wallace, who was having a mental health crisis.
The killing sparked massive protests in the city Monday and Tuesday night, with some demonstrators hurling bottles at cops, smashing storefront windows and looting stores. A citywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. went into effect Wednesday, and the city’s mayor said the state’s national guard would be deployed later in the week.
The officers involved in the killing have been taken off the street while police investigate the shooting. Officers fired a total of 14 rounds in the shooting, but officials have not said how many times Wallace was hit.
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