The city of Philadelphia has imposed a citywide curfew for residents from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday — the second such curfew since the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday.
Two Philadelphia police officers shot and killed Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, at 61st and Locust Streets on Monday, prompting protests near Penn’s campus on Monday night and throughout Tuesday. The Pennsylvania National Guard arrived in Philadelphia Friday morning, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, despite little unrest on Wednesday or Thursday.
Guardsmen were seen at City Hall and convoy trucks were parked around the Municipal Services Building, located at 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. The Guard will stay in Philadelphia through Election Day on Nov. 3. Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley told CBS Philly that order in the city is paramount to conduct a fair election.
According to the Inquirer, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the city decided to impose the curfew largely because the night before Halloween, often referred to as “mischief night,” is an informal holiday where people engage in pranks and vandalism.
“With tonight being mischief night, we wanted to get people indoors as quickly as possible,” Kenney told the Inquirer.
The city also imposed a curfew earlier this week, from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. Kenney said it is possible that the city would impose additional curfews in future days.