Philadelphia to release police bodycam video of fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. today
November 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Philadelphia officials will publicly release body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. on Wednesday afternoon.
(CNN)Philadelphia officials will publicly release body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. on Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, District Attorney Larry Krasner and other city officials will hold a press conference to "unveil a series of reform initiatives," the city said in a press release.
The officers, who did not have tasers, then fatally shoot Wallace, the bystander video shows.
In a press conference last week, family attorney Shaka Johnson said the body camera footage is about 30 to 40 seconds long and shows Wallace in an "obvious mental health crisis. "
Johnson also said that the family was not calling for the officers to be criminally charged with murder.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby said the union's review of the footage and audio showed officers retreated for "nearly 50 seconds" and ordered Wallace to drop his knife "more than 20 times" before shooting.
A joint statement released Friday by the mayor, district attorney, and police commissioner and the Wallace family said the timing of the release -- after the national election -- "is in the best interest of our city and its residents. "
"The collective hope of our local government and the Wallace family is that releasing the recordings on November 4 will provide enough time to calm tensions and for the recordings to be released in the most constructive manner possible," the statement said.