57 Philadelphia Police Officers Injured, 212 arrested in Riots & Looting
Philadelphia police announced that they have made over 200 arrests in the days since the shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr. who was approaching police refusing to put down a knife this week.
In contrast, 57 officers have also been injured during the unrest, including a female sergeant who was hit by a speeding pickup truck who suffered a broken leg in the first night of unrest.
Despite days of rioting and looting in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced that there would be no curfew, instead urging residents to remain home Thursday as National Guard troops arrive to help protect businesses in affected areas.
As protests have quickly become violent and lead to looting, Philadelphia’s city authorities have also moved to hinder the police’s ability to disperse crowds by banning the use of tear gas which officers have used successfully to disperse large crowds and quell violence in the past.
This as federal agents discovered a van containing low-grade explosives Wednesday night. ATF spokesman Rob Cucinotta said the incendiary devices were discovered as the city was in the midst of an overnight curfew that had not been instigated for tonight.