Mr. Kenney, the mayor, said he had watched “the video of this tragic incident” and had spoken to Mr. Wallace’s family “to hear their concerns firsthand and answer their questions as far as of my means ”.
City Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement: “I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions.” She added, “I will use what the investigation gleaned to answer the many unanswered questions that exist.”
In a statement, the council member who identified Mr. Wallace, Jamie Gauthier, said she wanted police to release police body camera video of the incident “immediately”. “The public deserves a full and unvarnished account of what happened today,” she said.
Ms. Gauthier also criticized the officers for firing their weapons. “If these officers had used de-escalation techniques and non-lethal weapons rather than making the split-second decision to fire their weapons, this young man might still have life tonight,” he said. she declared.
District Attorney Larry Krasner said his office was reviewing the shooting and urged the public to be patient.
“We intend to go where the facts and the law lead us and to do so with caution, without rushing to judge and without bias of any kind,” he said in a statement. “In the hours and days since this shooting, we call on Philadelphians to come together to defend the freedom of people to speak out peacefully and to reject violence of any kind.
Around 9:30 p.m., the demonstrators walking the streets of West Philadelphia, with a parade of honking vehicles behind them. Just after 11 p.m. video posted on Twitter showed police officers using batons as they clashed with a large group of people on a residential street. Taryn Naundorff, 21, who recorded the video, said the police “started to forcefully push back the crowd and hit anyone who didn’t want to back down”.