Philadelphia mayor lifts curfew after third night of unrest

Philadelphia mayor lifts curfew after third night of unrest

10/29/2020

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney lifted a curfew Thursday after three nights of unrest over the shooting death of a black man by police — but urged residents to stay home, according to reports.

Kenney had put in a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. citywide curfew in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday after mass looting, fires, and violent clashes between cops and protesters in the wake of Monday’s shooting death of 27-year-old Walter Wallace, a disturbed, knife-wielding local man.

Police said they have made 212 arrests since Monday, with 57 city cops injured while trying to quell the protests, KYW-TV reported.

However, Kenney said on Twitter that there would not be a curfew in place Thursday.

The riots erupted just hours after Wallace, a distraught city resident, ignored repeated commands by two cops to drop a knife during a domestic disturbance call on Monday afternoon.

Authorities said the officers fired 14 shots, killing Wallace.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced that the National Guard will be deployed to the troubled city, with the troops due to arrive in Philadelphia on Friday or Saturday, KYW reported.

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