Philadelphia orders 9 p.m. curfew over Walter Wallace Jr. protests, police say 81 people arrested and 23 cops injured Tuesday

Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News
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Philadelphia’s top cop on Wednesday promised to release body-camera video and 911 audio leading up to the killing of William Wallace Jr., which has sparked protests in the streets.

Wallace was shot by police Monday afternoon.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she would release the footage after sharing the evidence with Wallace’s family.

Philadelphia police said 23 officers were injured and 81 people were arrested overnight Tuesday during the second night protests in the City of Brotherly Love.

In response to the demonstrations, Mayor Jim Kenney ordered a curfew beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday and lasting until 6 a.m. Thursday. Essential stores were allowed to remain open for delivery.

Public bystander video shows two officers fatally shooting Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, while he walked around a residential street Monday afternoon holding a knife. Wallace moved toward the two cops, who have not been publicly identified, before they killed him.

Daytime protests demanding justice were almost entirely peaceful Tuesday, but pockets of chaos erupted at night, with looting.

Of the 81 people arrested, 71 were booked for burglary, trespassing, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, robbery or vandalism, according to police. Among the remaining 10 people, eight were charged with assaulting cops, one with arson and another with aggravated assault.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania will hold a press conference Wednesday to announce indictments “stemming from violent civil unrest in Philadelphia.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he’d deploy the National Guard to the city, though guardsmen reportedly won’t arrive until Friday.

Police said 30 cops were injured and 89 people were arrested Monday, the first night of protests. Also Monday night, several cops smashed windows of a car with at least one child inside. Police leaders said Wednesday afternoon that they hadn’t seen such video, though it had been viewed nearly 2 million times on Twitter.

Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., denounced the destruction Tuesday, telling people, “Stop this violence and chaos.”

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