Walter Wallace, Killed in Philadelphia Police Shooting, Was Convicted Repeat Violent Felon Awaiting Trial on Terroristic Threats
The man shot and killed by Philadelphia Police officers in an incident that set off the most intense race riots nationally in months was a repeat violent convict who was awaiting trial when he charged at two officers with a knife.
Walter Wallace Jr. had plead guilty to robbery, assault, and possessing an instrument of crime stemming from an incident in which he broke down a woman’s door and held a gun to her head in 2017. He previously plead guilty to assault and resisting arrest in 2013, after punching a police officer in the face.
Wallace Jr. had been awaiting trial on a new set of felony charges, in which he was accused of communicating threats to a woman
ABC 6 Philadelphia has also reported that Wallace was a rapper who frequently performed music about shooting and killing police officers.
Wallace’s family has indicated that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and an attorney has revealed that he had been prescribed lithium for mental health problems.
More than 1,000 looters pillaged more than 30 businesses in Philadelphia in Wallace’s name over Monday and Tuesday nights, with the police largely absent from the scene.
Chopper 6 over the scene as a Foot Locker in West Philadelphia is looted following the death of Walter Wallace, who police say was shot by officers after he would not drop a knife. https://t.co/BtTPSlQIwI pic.twitter.com/7hNeLEvJCM
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) October 27, 2020
Joe Biden described Wallace’s death as unacceptable in a Tuesday press release, declining to offer an alternative path of action for the responding officers when the repeat violent felon charged them with a knife. Fortunately for him, he doesn’t have to deal with such a dangerous situation.
Our hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., and for all those suffering the emotional weight of learning about another Black life in America lost.
Walter’s life mattered. https://t.co/mGki28Cpyr
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 27, 2020