US police officer hit by truck during protests over fatal shooting in Philadelphia

Protests over the fatal shooting of a man in Philadelphia saw a police officer being ran over.

27-year old Walter Wallace Jr had been shot earlier on Monday in the west of the city. Police say that he had been carrying and waving around a knife. Cell phone video shows Wallace walking around a car into the street toward two officers who were backing up as they pointed their guns at him.

Then they open fire. Several shots are heard.

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It is unclear from the video what happened immediately prior to the shooting. Wallace is then seen lying in the street.

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.

#US/(Graphic): Man with a knife shot 10+ times by police in Philadelphia.

A video shows he was at least 10 ft away from the officers when they began shooting as his mother begged them not to shoot. No attempt to de-escalate seen. Protests have broken out. pic.twitter.com/ZLeLpu5bC2

-- Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) October 27, 2020


Protesters gathered outside a Philadelphia police precinct hours later. Early this morning, a pickup truck was driven towards police, hitting an officer.

At the Philadelphia BLM riot, a cop got hit or run over by a speeding vehicle. pic.twitter.com/S12XuEoNAi -- Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 27, 2020

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Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said the officer, a 56-year-old female, was hospitalized in stable condition with a broken leg and other injuries.

CBS are reporting that vandals smashed windows and a glass door and spray-painted walls at a police substation. It all began when police responded to a call about a man with a weapon around 2:45 p.m., according to CBS Philly. "Responding officers witnessed a male on the block.

Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it and waiving it erratically," Gripp said.

Gripp said one of the officers "scooped up" the knife after the shooting and one of them took Wallace to a hospital, where he died, CBS say.

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