Late into the night, growing anger boiled over into a violent riot near the Philadelphia Police 18th District building. Several officers were injured by bricks and other items were thrown at them by a crowd of demonstrators.
At least 30 officers have been hurt with 12 hospitalized including one female Philadelphia Police Sergeant, 56, who suffered a broken leg after being hit by a speeding pick-up truck that was videoed driving towards a line of officers close to the city center shortly before 1am, according to Philadelphia Police.
Many cases of looting were reported, including several Rite Aid stores in West Philadelphia, clothing and shoe stores and one restaurant.
Multiple car fires were reported with at least one cop car set on fire.
The horrifying scenes were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. When cops arrived, they said they found Wallace holding a knife. Police said they repeatedly told Wallace to drop the blade but he failed to acquiesce.
Two officers then opened fire, striking the 27-year-old multiple times. Wallace was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Police and demonstrators skirmished at the intersection of 52nd and Market Streets — the epicenter of protests Monday after police shot and killed Wallace — and officers used pepper spray and batons, making numerous arrests. Some of the demonstrators hurled debris at police, and one officer was struck by a water bottle.
Police reported looting in the area of Castor and Aramingo Avenues in the city’s Port Richmond section, and along City Avenue. The looting reports precipitated the stay-inside requests from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.
Overnight into early Wednesday morning, police continued reporting sporadic incidents but most of the crowds had dispersed.