Police brutality has been a pervasive issue throughout American history. The murder of George Floyd in May by Minneapolis police officers was the catalyst for nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. Since, then police officers around the country have killed multiple other Black individuals, who have also been addressed in calls for justice, reform, and abolition. In the midst of these nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, another case of police brutality against a Black man has garnered public attention.
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On October 26, 2020, Walter Wallace Jr.’s family called law enforcement to get an ambulance for Wallace Jr., who was having a mental health crisis. When officers arrived, Wallace Jr. was in a manic state and came outside with a knife. Wallace Jr.’s mother screamed, trying to tell to the officers not to shoot and remind them of his mental illness, but officers didn’t listen. They shot him fourteen times in front of his family. Wallace Jr. was pronounced dead at the hospital.
There were so many other ways that officers could have responded to the situation that would not have resulted in death. Shooting someone fourteen times is not how a mental health crisis should be dealt with. Shooting someone that many times is not a sign of simply trying to stop or incapacitate them, it is with the intent to kill.
The video of the incident sparked outrage and protests throughout Philadelphia as well as many other cities. These cops were obviously not prepared to deal with the situation and should not be trusted with having so much power. Tell that police force and District Attorney Krasner that people all over the country, and the world, are watching. Sign this petition to demand that these officers be fired, without pay, immediately, and that their gunning down of Walter Wallace Jr. be investigated.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- End Qualified Immunity, Rule that Allows Police to Violate People’s Rights Without Repercussions
- Justice for Jacob Blake
- Fire Cops Who Pointed AR-15 Weapons at Teens Who Were Victims of an Attempted Robbery
- Charge Man Who Shot Two People at BLM Protest with Hate Crimes
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