At least 1,000 rioters took the streets of Philadelphia Tuesday night after police shot and killed a man with a knife earlier this week; sparking protests, looting, and widespread damage across the city.
“We cannot accept that in this country a mental health crisis ends in death,” posted a statement from the Biden-Harris campaign.
“Police and city officials issued swift statements following the incident and promised an investigation. But their assurances did little to assuage many in the city who see the shooting as another example of a Black man being killed by police when they say the situation could have been diffused,” reports Fox News.
At least 30 police officers were injured in riots across Philadelphia last night.
But Democrats want to defund the police.#BackTheBlue
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 27, 2020
Pa. National Guard deployed to Philadelphia fearing second night of violent riots over deadly cop shooting https://t.co/vm2lKta0yq
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PHILLY SPIRALS: Local DA Suggests Federal Agents Could Be Arrested if They Engage with Protesters
The Philadelphia’s District Attorney suggested federal agents could be arrested should they interfere with ongoing anti-police protests; saying their presence could be perceived as an “abuse of power.”
“District Attorney Larry Krasner accused President Trump of ‘acting like an authoritarian dictator,’ he said on an appearance on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” Thursday and cautioned him not to send federal agents to his city,” reports Fox News.
While the City of Philadelphia has not received any formal notification that federal agents will be sent here, we would use all available means to resist such an abuse of power. https://t.co/xCRiwIxvXD
— Jim #MaskUpPHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) July 20, 2020
“The stern words come as agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Protective Service, and U.S. Marshals Service were deployed to Portland, Ore. and Washington, D.C., to quell pockets of violence stemming from otherwise peaceful demonstrations denouncing police brutality and racial inequality,” adds Fox.
“While the City of Philadelphia has not received any formal notification that federal agents will be sent here, we would use all available means to resist such an abuse of power,” the district attorney said in a tweet on Monday.
Protests there shut down major highways throughout the city back in early June following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis (picture above.)
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PHILLY SPIRALS: Philadelphia Council Approves $33 Million In CUTS to Police Department
The Philadelphia City Council approved a new budget this week that includes $33 million in cuts to the Police Department; joining other places like Los Angeles and New York in reducing funds for law enforcement.
“City Council has preliminarily approved a budget for fiscal year 2021 that among other changes, would reduce the Philadelphia Police Department’s budget by $33 million. Mayor Jim Kenney says the city is facing a $749 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic,” reports CBS Philadelphia.
“It is extremely disappointing that at this time we are not able to move forward with some of the crucial investments I proposed back in March, before the pandemic and resulting economic downtown were felt in Philadelphia. And it pains me that this budget reduces some City services and eliminates hundreds of jobs. Still, we have prioritized core services, protected our most vulnerable residents, and maintained our financial flexibility to enable a quick rebound,” said the Mayor.
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