Looting, skirmishes, follow peaceful protests over police abuse against Black people and killing of Walter Wallace Jr. – By Oona Goodin-Smith, Vinny Vella and Anthony R. Wood (The Philadelphia Inquirer) / Oct 28 2020
After an evening of peaceful protests in the wake of the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr., tensions flared between officers and demonstrators Tuesday evening, and scattered looting broke out in several areas of the city, prompting police to request that residents of West and North Philadelphia, Kensington, and other areas remain indoors.
Police and demonstrators skirmished at the intersection of 52nd and Market Streets — the epicenter of protests Monday after police shot and killed Wallace — and officers used pepper spray and batons, making numerous arrests. Some of the demonstrators hurled debris at police, and one officer was struck by a water bottle.
Police reported looting in the area of Castor and Aramingo Avenues in the city’s Port Richmond section, and along City Avenue.
The looting reports precipitated the stay-inside requests from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.
The protests after the fatal shooting of Wallace by two police officers, an incident captured on a widely circulated video, evoked the demonstrations against police abuse stirred by the killing of George Floyd in May by police officers in Minneapolis.