National Guard Deployed to Second Night of Looting and Riots in Philadelphia
Protests devolved into rioting and looting overnight as the National Guard was deployed by the Governor to assist Philadelphia Police to quell the growing riots in and around the city of Philadelphia.
Protests began in small numbers almost immediately following the shooting of a man refusing to put down a knife and advancing on officers after being called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in the 6100 block of Locust street where the shooting occurred.
By later the same evening several hundred protestors had filled Locust street and spilled out into other areas when looting began, destroying the storefronts of dozens of businesses as looters smashed windows to gain access and began removing anything of value, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. Philadelphia Police were drastically outnumbered at times as protestors turned rioters threw bottles and bricks at police lines set up to corral the crowds, injuring over 30 officers, one of them seriously. A 56-year-old sergeant was taken to hospital suffering a broken leg on the first night of riots after being hit and flung into the air by a speeding pickup truck.
Big crowd gathering at Malcolm X park in West Philly this evening following Monday’s police-involved shooting/death of Walter Wallace Jr. pic.twitter.com/0oNgYB1jUB— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) October 27, 2020
Protests began again early Tuesday night, with a large group of protestors gathering in Malcolm X park, who then began to march around the city. Things began to spiral into violence shortly thereafter as splinter groups broke off and began to loot nearby businesses, those still marching chanting threats of violence toward police and encouraging other cities to rise up and begin an assault on all police.
Police are following this crowd as they march and chant “every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground.” pic.twitter.com/yCbKzFbpHJ— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) October 27, 2020
Rioters and looters again outnumbered police in the area, who did not have enough officers to respond to the dozens of businesses being looted in the area, which were captured in footage shot by the Daily Callers Shelby Talbot and the Blaze’s Elijah Shaffer, the latter who was cornered inside a Five Below store while filming and assaulted by looters intent on keeping their criminal activities out of the media.
Mass looting across the river and @ElijahSchaffer just got beaten up for filming. This is inside the Five Below store. Police are in the same parking lot near the Walmart, but there seem to be too many looters pic.twitter.com/CZeIiMokJa— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) October 28, 2020
Shaffer showed various bruises and a split lip as a result of the assault inside the Five Below, which was one of several dozen being looted in the area at the time including a Walmart where officers cleared out looters initially afrer windows were smashed for entry, only to leave to respond to other incidents and the looters return to continue looting the business.