At least 90 people were charged during violent protests in Philadelphia Monday following the police shooting death of a knife-wielding black man, police said Tuesday — as the city braced for the possibility of another night of unrest.
“This completely caught us off guard in the sense that, one, no one can predict that there’s an officer-involved shooting,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And, two, once we arrived there, we saw that there would be civil unrest.”
Police initially reported at least 33 arrests but upgraded the number Tuesday.
Outlaw said three people were issued citations for failure to disperse, 11 were charged with assaulting police officers, and 76 were charged with burglary — including three involving guns, the outlet said.
The commissioner said the numbers could rise further as cases remain under investigation.
Wallace’s family said he was having “mental health issues” when police arrived at the home for the third time in the day — and shot him when he refused to drop a knife he was holding.
The unexpected outburst of violence now has city officials contemplating deployment of the National Guard.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged that he discussed the guard with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf but did not say if a decision was made.
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