HARRISBURG, Pa — Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a disaster emergency for Philadelphia following days of unrest due to the shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr.
Wallace Jr. was shot and killed by two Philadelphia police officers.
“Over the last few days, hundreds of people have gathered to peacefully speak out against social injustice, but their voices are being drowned out by others who are taking advantage of this fragile time in their city to sow mayhem and discord,” Wolf said. “I signed this proclamation so commonwealth resources can be provided quickly to protect lives and property.”
Tuesday night, violent protests broke out in west Philadelphia, which led to the looting of several businesses — including a Walmart and a Target.
The proclamation allows state agencies to use all resources to find a solution to the emergency.
A Proclamation of Disaster Emergency is effective for a 90-day period unless sooner rescinded or extended by official action of the governor.
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