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After Walter Wallace Jr.'s killing, Philly police need transparency and change | Opinion

Published on October 28, 2020 10:32 AM
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alter Wallace Jr. was 27 years old. He was a father, a twin brother, and a son. He was beloved by his friends and neighbors. He was a Black man who struggled with lifelong mental health challenges. And Monday, he was shot and killed by police, steps away from his mother as she begged officers to lower their weapons.

After the summer we?ve had, with people taking to the streets in cities around the country demanding racial justice, and with all the promises and platitudes from local and national leaders ? it?s unfathomable for this to have happened. Our city is reeling.

ยป READ MORE: Walter Wallace Jr., 27, a ?family man? with many mental health crises and encounters with police

Part of the incident was captured on video, which has gone viral and drawn outrage nationwide. All eyes are on Philadelphia right now. So, what are we going to do? How will we respond in a way that reflects the gravity of this situation, creates accountability, and ultimately leads to justice?

irst, I am calling on the Philadelphia Police Department to release the body camera footage of the officers involved. The public deserves a transparent and ...

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