A female cop being run over by a truck as Philadelphia descended into chaotic unrest hours after police fatally shot a knife-wielding black man.
At least 30 officers were hospitalized during a night of rioting and looting near a police station in the city.
Video shows a truck crashing into an unidentified female cop as the vehicle charged towards a line of officers before 1:AM today.
The police officer sustained a broken leg in addition to several other injuries, local media reports.
Demonstrators began throwing bricks, trash cans, and other objects at officers during the chaos which included fires being lit in the streets.
The violent unrest was sparked by the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr, 27, by police at 4:PM yesterday.
Walter Wallace, who had mental health issues according to his family, was filmed holding a knife while chasing after two officers.
He was gunned down by cops in front of horrified onlookers after he refused to drop the knife.
The 27-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His death comes five months after the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis which sparked protests across the United States and the world.
In Monday’s footage, filmed by a local man, Wallace is shown charging at two officers who back away from him with their guns drawn. One cop can be heard saying: Put the knife down, put the knife down.
But after Wallace refuses to comply with the demands, both officers open fire, shooting the 27-year-old.
Locals, including the victim’s mother, gather around his body after the shooting. The mother is heard screaming “NO” and throwing an object at the officers.
You really had to give him that many f***ing shots? the man who filmed the scene can be heard saying to the cops.
Witnesses are demanding to know why police had to use lethal force against the knife-wielding Wallace, reports ABC6.
The victim’s father, Walter Wallace, told reporters that his son was shot 10 times. He said: Why didn’t they use a Taser?
His mother was trying to diffuse the situation.
Wallace said his son had mental health problems and was on medication.
Police spokesperson Eric Gripp told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Wallace advanced towards the cops after they ordered him to drop his weapon.
He said footage filmed on the two cops’ body cameras was being reviewed by investigators.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, and District Attorney Larry Krasner all confirmed the shooting was being investigated.
Wallace’s death sparked protests in the streets near where he was shot before hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Malcolm X Park in the city center chanting Black Lives Matter at around 6.30 PM.
The protesters then advanced towards a police station at 55th and Pine Streets while shouting “Say his name” Walter Wallace.”
Amid “looting” and unrest in the area, riot cops gathered in a line at the site near the law enforcement building.
The female cop who was struck by the speeding black truck was rushed to a hospital. Local media reported that multiple officers were hit by the truck – though only one is seen lying on the ground in the footage.
Businesses were also ransacked and vandalized by looters, among the stores raided were clothing shops and one restaurant.
Garments and other goods were strewn across the streets along with a glass from two ATM cash machines which had been smashed in.
Multiple fires also raged while five police cars and one fire department vehicle were vandalized, according to NBC Philadelphia.
A SWAT Team and a K-9 dog unit were called to a Rite Aid store after looters reportedly used explosives to gain entry.
A bomb disposal unit was also called to the scene, it has been reported.