Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago all had their fair share of riots in 2020, and once again it appears there will be rioting in Philadelphia after two Philly police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man.
A 27-year-old man armed with a knife was shot and killed by two officers in West Philadelphia. It happened on the 6100 block of Locust Street Monday when officers were called to the home on the block for a man with a weapon.
“They were immediately met with a male who was carrying a knife. Several times they asked the male to drop the knife. They ordered him to drop the knife and he continued to follow them around several vehicles that are over there,” Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.
For the record, I have seen the raw footage, which was captured by a resident on his cellphone. Walter Wallace was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance, and when the officers arrived, he had the knife in his hand and was approaching officers. The officers drew their weapons, commanded Wallace to drop the knife, but Wallace refused. Wallace approached the officers, knife in hand, and the officers retreated multiple times. Still giving commands, Wallace refused to drop the knife, and as he got closer to the officers, he raised his knife hand. The officers fired multiple times, striking Wallace. Police transported Wallace to the hospital, where he eventually died.
We’re taught to observe the 21-foot rule. An attacker can usually rush and attack you before you can reach your weapon if the attacker is within 21 feet. The video shows Wallace well inside that distance.
The good news is our mayor and police commissioner gave the officers the benefit of the doubt…
“I came down here to listen. I don’t have answers for what happened today. But you know, I understand. I understand what you are feeling,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told residents.
Commissioner Outlaw is very unpopular with the rank and file. She was in hiding during Philadelphia’s George Floyd riots, rarely leaves her office, and when she does, it is usually to pander to the anti-cop crowd. Trust me when I tell you, Outlaw expected these officers to be stabbed first before firing a shot.
Well the mayor surely supported the officers, right?
“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered. I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace’s family, and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns first-hand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able,” he said in a statement Monday night.
The only “difficult questions” which need to be answered are, “Why does this despicable mayor care more for a knife-wielding thug who tried to kill police officers than the officers themselves?”
Look, anyone who reads this blog knows I am not an apologist for police officers. Like every organization, there are bad people and good people. If I thought this was a bad shoot, I’d say so. I watched the raw video a few times now, and there is no doubt in my mind the officers’ actions were justified.
That said, the city will most likely see riots for the next few days (or weeks) and both these officers will be trashed by the mayor, commissioner, and our Soros-appointed D.A. It also wouldn’t surprise me if D.A. Larry Krasner tried to bring charges against the officers involved.