Clashes in Philadelphia for a second night after police kill Black man

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The comments came after the family watched body camera footage of the moments leading up to Wallace's death, which Johnson said shows him in an "obvious mental health crisis".

The police shot Wallace multiple times on the block where he lived and in front of his mother and neighbors, who frantically urged police not to fire.

Wallace's father, also called Walter Wallace, said his son appeared to have been shot 10 times, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. They did not say what officers knew of the situation prior to arrival.

Protesters who yelled for the arrested to say their names as they were being detained with met with taunts from police: "His name is 'caught, ' " one officer responded.

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A police officer stands in the street after being involved in at times violent protests

Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., criticized Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny over his response to the shooting. His spouse Dominique Wallace was scheduled to have induced labor for their ninth child on October 28.

The footage, which is about 30-40 seconds long, shows Wallace emerging from a house with a knife as family members shout about his mental condition, he said.

A curfew has been issued in Philadelphia and the National Guard will be deployed to the city after a Black man was killed by police, resulting in protesters clashing, some violently, with police.

While there were some reports of looting and confrontations, the tense confrontations that gripped Philadelphia for two nights never fully materialized, USA Today reported. More than 170 people have been detained since Monday night, according to city police, who reported 53 injured officers and 17 damaged police vehicles.

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"You will see a person walking around not even speaking", said Johnson, remarking that it looked as if Wallace was "in a cloud". "They don't look to hurt anybody, but they also want to go home safe at night while protecting the community". The family, who reviewed police bodycam video of the fatal shooting on Thursday morning, is calling for the recordings to be released to the public.

"[Wallace] was suffering", Johnson said.

"Over the last few days, hundreds of people have gathered to peacefully speak out against social injustice, but their voices are being drowned out by others who are taking advantage of this fragile time in their city to sow mayhem and discord", the governor said, adding the proclamation will enable a quick provision of state resources "to protect lives and property".

But mental illness is not a defense for violence. Wallace later died in the hospital.

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The shooting, which was caught on video, enraged bystanders, who immediately converged on the police after the shooting, demanding why there were no attempts to de-escalate the situation or use non-lethal force. One officer was struck by a pickup truck, and several others were reportedly struck by bricks and other projectiles. Johnson said Wallace's brother had actually called 911 to request an ambulance. "If they have issues with the police, they should give them more money for training, not defund them".

A racially diverse crowd came together Tuesday evening at Malcolm X Park, not far from the West Philadelphia neighborhood where Wallace was killed.

Hundreds of marchers demanded racial justice - largely peacefully - with some jeering and skirmishing with police through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, as Philadelphia became the latest flashpoint in the USA on issues of race and police use of force just days before Tuesday's presidential election.

Shaka Johnson, an attorney for Wallace's family, reported that Wallace was experiencing a psychological episode that prompted his mother to call for an ambulance when the incident occurred on Monday.

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This story was first published on, "Philadelphia under curfew as it awaits release of new details in fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr".

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