Wednesday October 28, 2020
In the USA, fatal police shots at an African American again sparked protests, some of which were violent. In Philadelphia, around 1,000 people are marauding through the city. Meanwhile, the mayor and the chief of police promise to thoroughly clarify the background to the shots.
After the death of an African American in the US state of Pennsylvania, riots broke out in the city of Philadelphia for the second night in a row. “A large group of around 1,000 people is looting businesses in the Castor and Aramingo area,” said local police. Fox TV pictures showed some masked people apparently going in and out of a shop.
The violence came after a 27-year-old black man was killed by police officers. The man was armed with a knife and did not drop it despite repeated requests, a police spokesman had told a local television station. The suspect had moved towards the police, whereupon two officers fired at him several times.
“Raises difficult questions”
After the incident on Monday afternoon, riots had already broken out on Tuesday night. According to media reports, several police officers were injured and there were arrests. Mayor Jim Kenney said, referring to the incident, which was filmed by passers-by using smartphones, “I saw the video of this tragic incident. It raises difficult questions that need to be answered.” Police chief Danielle Outlaw promised a thorough investigation into the case.
There had been protests against racism and police violence in the United States since the end of May. The trigger for the protests was the brutal killing of the unarmed African American George Floyd during a police operation in the city of Minneapolis. Presidential candidate Joe Biden had expressed sympathy for the relatives of the deceased, but also condemned the riots: “At the same time, anger over the very real injustices in our society does not excuse violence”. Attacks on police officers and the destruction of small businesses would not bring justice.