BLM and Antifa fight over which group leads Philadelphia ‘protest’

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PHILADELPHIA, PA- We already know that the Black Lives Matter and Antifa factions don’t know how to play nicely with people who go against their agendas.

Now it appears they can’t even play well with each other.

Apparently, the leadership on both sides broke out into a disagreement in Philadelphia Tuesday night over who would lead a protest. Following a skirmish, the two factions separated and went their own ways.

 Savannah Hernandez tweeted:

“Current scene in Philadelphia where a couple hundred BLM/ANTIFA came to march for Walter Wallace. Inner fighting between the two groups resulted in the two marches splitting off.”

 

The battle led to the destruction of at least one Black Lives Matter flag by a person wearing the typical BLM protestor outfit of black bloc. The argument seemed to be have been sparked when an agreement couldn’t be reached regarding the direction the protesters should take.

Journalist Elijah Schaffer tweeted a different take of the battle.

“PHILLY: black bloc anarchists, black lives matter, & socialists get into a fight over who should lead the protest and where to head.  They were actively pushing press back to prevent people from filming.”

 

The second night of protests turned violent as BLM protesters turned their aggression onto patrolling police officers, striking them with numerous objects, even hitting one officer with a truck. They also looted stores and set fires.

Schaffer said protesters were also seen attempting to block the video recording.

The protesting came after two officers shot and killed an armed black man. Video shot by a witness showed the officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia on Monday, October 26.

In the video captured on a cell phone, you can see Wallace approaching two police officers around a car and into a street. The officers ordered him repeatedly to drop the knife.

The video shows Wallace refusing to comply and keep approaching the retreating officers with the knife extended toward the police. Multiple shots ring out and Wallace falls to the ground.

Following the shots, a responding police officer loaded Wallace into a vehicle and drove him to the hospital. Wallace later died from his wounds.

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Armed suspect who was shot by Philly police (sparking riots) had extensive history of violence, rapped about shooting cops

October 28, 2020

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – We at Law Enforcement Today have reported extensively on the police-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr and the subsequent riots that have transpired since he was taken down by officers.

But new reports detail that aside from Wallace having posed an active, deadly threat when officers fired on him – it also turns out that Wallace has a history of being violent and threatening to kill people.

In recently uncovered documents related to the deceased 27-year-old Wallace’s criminal history, we’re now able to get a better understanding that Wallace had a pattern of violent behavior against others.

And apparently Wallace was an “aspiring rapper” that wrote songs related to such wonderful subjects as shooting people – including police officers.

Now, while music that glorifies or mentions violent acts doesn’t always translate to the artists committing violent acts, it’s certainly worthy of speculation when an artist is a violent individual that produces music that’s allegorical of their criminal and violent exploits.

Back in 2017, Wallace reportedly pleaded guilty to robbery, assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

In that case specifically, authorities say that Wallace kicked in a woman’s front door and placed a gun to her head. This may come as a shock, but Wallace was only sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison for that crime.

Keep in mind, Wallace could have been sentenced to up to five years for just the instrument of a crime charge.

And police had reportedly been called out to the home where Wallace stayed numerous times since May of this year – roughly 31 calls according to sources.

Not to mention, his own mother placed a protective order against Wallace in 2013 which he wound up violating when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” his own mother.

In 2019, Wallace was charged with resisting arrest when he was allegedly trying to kick out the windows and door panels of a police car. And just in March of this year, he was arrested for allegedly threatening the mother of his children over the phone saying:

“I’ll shoot you and that house up.”

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw recently commented on the case, noting that there’s questions on whether the responding officers knew who they were responding to when called to the address the day of the fatal shooting:

“There are several questions that need to be answered… including what the officers knew when they responded, what was put out by radio and how any previous contact with Mr. Wallace factored into [the October 26th shooting].”

Wallace’s cousin, Anthony Fitzhugh, is pointing to Wallace having “mental health issues” being one of the possible reasons he may have responded violently toward authorities prior to being shot:

“They were advised that he had mental health issues. I understand he had a knife, and their job is to protect and serve. By all means do so, but do not let lethal force be the means by which you de-escalate the situation. You could have still kept your gun drawn while another officer tased him.”

Except, the officers dispatched didn’t have tasers.  

Also, it seems that mental health is a common thing brought up whenever a suspect posing a lethal threat is taken down by police.

However, the internet personality known as “Donut Operator” (who is most known for examining police shootings footage) brought up a reasonable counter to the mentioning of mental health.

That being, does mental health of a violent subject make them more or less lethal in the moment:

“Nobody wants to get stabbed with a knife. Okay, people are really upset saying ‘well, he was mentally ill’. Does a mentally ill person having a knife make him less dangerous than…like…a person who is not mentally ill having a knife?”

It’s a rather reasonable speculation – the presence or lack thereof of mental illness within a violent subject does little to change the level of an existing threat of a deadly weapon.

Which you can also watch Donut Operator’s video analysis of the shooting below.

Furthermore, in regard to the mentioning by Commissioner Outlaw of what officers may have known prior to arriving at the address of the incident, it turns out officers were warned on police radio traffic of the following:

“Person screaming 6124 Locust. Report of a 27-year-old male assaulting an elderly female”

And then a second transmission came in on the radio just 40 seconds later that said:

“Tell the officers to use caution responding to this. This is an ongoing domestic issue going on up there.”

In short, we’re examining the police shooting of a known violent offender who police in the area were familiar with, responding officers were advised to use caution with the subject on police radio, and there’s also the fact that Wallace lunged at officers with a deadly weapon in his possession.

The fact that this case is drawing criticism from the community and also the copious amounts of riots inspired by it is the epitome off baffling.

Commissioner Outlaw commented on the ongoing riots and violence stemming from the case, saying that local community members have informed her that these rioters are not from the neighborhood where the incident took place:

“Speaking anecdotally – we tend not to like to speak anecdotally – but I will tell you the crowd that was out there on the scene, the residents from that neighborhood those, who witnessed the incident, those were the folks that I interacted with while there.”

“Those were not the same people that we later interacted with once I left that scene. It was a completely different group, and quite frankly, demographics that we saw there and I heard from the community some of the same frustrations expressed as well.”

The police shooting was Wallace is currently on ongoing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insights into this developing story.

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