Shaka Johnson, attorney for the family of the black man who came at police with a knife, says they have decided they do not want the cops charged with murder. They have reviewed the body-cam footage but it is not clear whether they have completed their investigation of the incident. They have indicated they will mandate additional training for Philadelphia Police Officers for dealing with felons who ignore verbal commands and threaten police with a weapon.
Not that it matters but the left-wing radical, “District Attorney Larry Krasner, told the Inquirer that his office was in the early stages of determining whether Wallace’s death would merit charges.”
Walter Wallace Jr. “was a dad to eight kids” with another one on the way. “Since May, police had received 31 calls about the address — including reports of someone with a weapon as well as assaults.”
“Wallace had also been in and out of court for nearly a decade, with convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery.”
In 2019, he was charged with resisting arrest by “kicking the windows and door panels of a police patrol car.”
In 2016, during a robbery, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck and held what she believed to be a gun to her head, NBC said, citing court records. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months behind bars, WPVI said.
His mother had a protective order against him in 2013 which he allegedly violated when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” her, the reports said, again citing court records.
That same year, he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face, WPVI said. That same year, a judge also ordered a psychiatric evaluation along with mental health treatment, the reports said.
The aspiring rapper’s music also heavily featured guns and rhymes about shooting people, including police, the station noted.
By Ben Feuerherd -October 29, 2020 | 5:28pm
The attorney for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by Philadelphia police this week said Thursday that they do not believe the officers should be charged with murder for the shooting.
Speaking at a press conference, attorney Shaka Johnson said the officers who shot Walter Wallace Jr. were “improperly trained” and did not have the proper equipment “by which to effectuate their job.”
“Does the family think that those officers should be charged … with murder? My answer is to you is, and remains … I don’t think so,” Johnson said.
He added that the family has reviewed body camera footage from the scene of the shooting on Monday in West Philadelphia, which does not show Wallace Jr. lunging at police with a knife.
“You will not see a man with a knife lunging at anyone that would qualify as a reason to assassinate him in front of his family,” Johnson said.
“What you will hear from one of the officers is ‘shoot him,’” he added.
Wallace Jr.’s mother also spoke at the press conference and called for justice to be served in the killing.
“I would like to see justice done for what they did to my son,” Wallace Jr.’s mother, Cathy Brant, said.
“I pray we all one day can come together and get along. This got to stop it really got to stop it really do,” she added.
Wallace Jr.’s father, Walter Wallace, also fumed at Philadelphia’s political leaders at the press conference, calling the mayor a “coward” for not speaking with the family after the shooting.
The police shooting touched off a wave of destructive protests in the city, as well as widespread looting of stores.
The state’s National Guard has been called into Philadelphia in an effort to tamp down the unrest.