As Philadelphia erupts in mass rioting, the city council votes to ban crowd control weapons

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – In an unsurprising move in Philadelphia, the City Council has officially handcuffed the Philadelphia Police Department in responding to riots and unruly protests on October 29th when they banned the use of less lethal munitions. 

The only thing that could possibly stop this move would be if the democratic Mayor would be to veto it, which is highly unlikely.

Council Members felt that the move was necessary after the riots and civil unrest that occurred after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The incident that sparked the debated occurred on June 1st when riots, attacks on police, and numerous people shut down a major interstate in the area. 

City Councilmember Helen Gym, who sponsored the bill, said:

“We are answering the calls of our constituents.  This is a moment when repairing trust between our residents, public officials, and police is essential.  Residential neighborhoods are not warzones. 

“Demonstrators are not enemy combatants.  This is a first step in working with our communities to build a new model for public safety that is driven by their needs and their vision for the future.”

Democratic leaders hailed the move as well as numerous residents.  However, people like Roosevelt Poplar, the Vice President for the FOP, warned that passage of this bill could mean more lethal encounters between police and protesters.  He said:

“So, basically, you’re taking away non-lethal munitions and you’re leaving them [police] with only one tool, and that’s a deadly weapon tool, which is a gun.”

Proponents of this bill refer to the times police in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and in Philadelphia have used them as during times of ‘peaceful protests.’ 

However, a peaceful protest, which happen throughout the United States with no issues, are when the law-abiding citizens, upset with whatever action or inaction has occurred, peacefully assemble. 

Peaceful protesters do not shut down major roadways which are not only used by people going to and from work, they are also used by first responders, police, fire, and medical personnel.  Peaceful protesters do not start throwing rocks and other implements at officers in order to harm them.

Peaceful protesters do not start destroying or defacing buildings.  They do not start breaking into locally owned stores and steal everything that is not bolted onto the floor.  They do not start shooting at each other.  They are, by definition, peaceful. 

Law Enforcement Today challenges you to find one instance in the last twenty years in which any law enforcement agency in the United States has used any form of force on those people who are peacefully assembling.  One instance where officers arrest anyone for standing on a sidewalk protesting, just one.

If you do not want to do your own research, we will give you the answer, there is not one example in the last twenty years where any member of law enforcement, federal, state, local, has used any type of force on a group of people that are truly peacefully protesting. 

The only times force has been used has been when the group of people begin taking criminal actions, like looting, arson, attacking officers, etc.  When the groups of people do that, they are no longer ‘exercising their constitutional rights,’ they are criminals who are rioting.

Now, with the passage of this ban in council, and the eventual signing into law by the democratic mayor of the city, the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department will face only two options when it comes to civil disobedience in any form. 

Intercede and risk a deadly force situation since officers no longer have less lethal munitions or allow the rioters to do as they will, until they decide to go home for the night.  How much of the city do you think will be left when, not if, the police take no action?

The question becomes, how long will the law abiding citizens of Philadelphia be satisfied and feel safe when the officers no longer step in? 

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Report: Philadelphia PD ordered officers not to arrest rioters and looters, just disperse them

October 29, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA– Philadelphia is in complete disarray following the police involved shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr.

LET reported that Police officers fatally shot a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife during a confrontation Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia, an incident that quickly raised tensions in the neighborhood and sparked a standoff that lasted deep into the night.

Ben Crump tweeted:

Philadelphia cops fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr. today firing 10+ times at him while he stood at least 10 ft. away. He allegedly had a knife but cops made NO attempts at de-escalating the situation in this video. They went Straight to killing Wallace in front of his loved ones!

The protest started after an officer fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr, a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife on the 6100 block of Locust Street on Monday afternoon.

The riots and mayhem did not cease after Monday nights destruction. On Tuesday, looters ransacked the city streets again, in addition to causing violent physical attacks and arson attacks

Just when the citizens of the city need its law enforcement officers to come to the rescue and try to salvage what is left, it is reported that they were allegedly ordered “not arrest looters just disperse them,” which is causing extreme frustration. 

The Blaze reported that WTXF-TV reporter Steve Keeley tweeted Wednesday morning that police officers were “extremely frustrated” after Deputy Police Commissioner Melvin Singleton allegedly ordered both patrol and commanding officers to “not arrest looters just disperse them.”

The alleged directive from the department obtained by Keeley said:

“By the order of CAR-2, Philadelphia Police will respond to ‘priority’ calls only,” 

It continued:

“This means no calls for disturbance, missing person, stolen vehicle, burglary or theft will be answered.”

Keeley added that some officers believe the order “leaves no deterrent to stop looting.”

It was not immediately clear if and when the order became effective, as police made at least 90 arrests, most for burglary, during Monday’s riots. However, Keeley’s tweet seems to indicate that the order was given heading into Tuesday night, The Blaze noted.

We recently reported that the tally of arrests and injured officers as of the morning of October 28th, regarding the Philadelphia riots, has reached 172 arrests and 53 police officers injured.

If this directive is factual, then officers and civilians are being subjected to extreme acts of violence and destruction, and police officers have their hands tied. 53 officers is 53 too many to be injured by individuals who are nothing but down right criminals. 

One civilian who was attacked was BlazeTV’s Elijah Schaffer, who recorded Black Lives Matter protesters chanting, “Every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground!”

This is a phrase we have heard time and time again in the major cities across the country, and these rioters have in fact burned precincts to the ground, with very little to no repercussions. 

While videoing the looting taking place inside a Five Below store in Philadelphia, an angry mob turned on Schaffer, which resulted in him having a bloody mouth and swollen lip. 

Schaffer described the assault in a video posted on Twitter, in which he said he:

“was jumped by BLM rioters while they were looting more than a dozen stores, including Wal-Matt [sic], T-Mobile, & 5-below.”

What do these cities who are allowing their streets to be burned, their businesses to be looted, and their officers to be injured have in common? They are all primarily run by Democratic leaders. 

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