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Statement from the Philly DSA Racial Justice Committee on the Walter Wallace murder
The Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is outraged and distraught at the murder of Walter Wallace Jr. Monday night by the Philadelphia Police Department, while his mother watched. Another Black man has been killed needlessly in our streets. Mr. Wallace should be alive today. We extend our condolences to Mr. Wallace’s family and community.
This shooting is a tragic example of why reform of the PPD has failed. Mr. Wallace posed no immediate threat to the officers. Officers did not engage in de-escalation tactics, but instead shot at Mr. Wallace more than a dozen times. The police are not social workers. They are not counselors. And yet, time after time, they are summoned to Black working class neighborhoods where they have no connection to the community. When put in a situation where they have no standing, the police are more likely to escalate, rather than de-escalate.
It’s hard not to compare this incident to the numerous encounters that the PPD had with armed, violent white supremacists in South Philly and Fishtown earlier this year, where no shots were fired. Now, after Mr. Wallace’s murder, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police has issued a statement calling for sympathy for the police officers. Racism and white supremacy is deeply embedded in the PPD. Officers do not value Black lives as much as they value white ones. Black Lives Matter.
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