White House 'Prepared To Deploy Federal Resources' If Necessary Following Night Of Violence, Looting Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Walter Wallace Jr.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The White House is monitoring the situation in Philadelphia following a night of unrest and looting after police shot and killed a Black man armed with a knife in West Philly. Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was killed on Monday afternoon by two officers after, police say, he walked towards them and refused to drop the weapon.
The fatal shooting was caught on video.
Thirty police officers were injured during the violent protests, including a female officer who suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car.
During an appearance on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning, White House communications director Alyssa Farah said they are "monitoring the situation closely."
"If necessary, we'll be standing by and prepared to deploy federal resources," Farah said, adding that "those conversations are ongoing."
Over 30 people were arrested overnight for various charges, including looting, rioting, and assaulting officers. Businesses looted included pharmacies, clothing stores and restaurants.
The shooting and subsequent violence are now being investigated by the police, as well as the district attorney's office.
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