The city of Philadelphia will be under curfew from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday in response to protests following the police killing of West Philadelphia resident Walter Wallace Jr.
“Grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies may, in their discretion, choose to operate only for delivery services later than 9 p.m., and should implement appropriate measures to secure their facilities and protect onsite and delivery employees," the city said in a statement.
On Monday afternoon, two Philadelphia police officers shot and killed Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, at 61st and Locust streets. Police said Wallace had a knife, and his family has stressed that he was in the throws of severe mental illness before police arrived. The killing prompted protests near Penn’s campus on Monday night and throughout Tuesday.
The march during the day on Tuesday was peaceful, but protesters clashed with police on Monday and Tuesday nights. Some people looted stores in the area as well.
More than 200 demonstrators marched near Penn's campus at 40th and Locust streets at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. On Monday evening, approximately 50 protesters headed eastbound on Sansom Street from 40th Street.
On Tuesday evening, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) deployed the Pennsylvania National Guard to Philadelphia to help city police and protect local property. Several hundred National Guard members were deployed to the city, according to CBS Philly.
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