PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a weekend of violence across Pennsylvania after protests, rioting and looting occurred in cities throughout the state.
There were demonstrations that turned violent in Philadelphia and Harrisburg as well as Pittsburgh.
“Speak your mind and speak it with peace,” Wolf said during the news conference.
He said Saturday was a challenging day for the state as many people joined together to voice their opinions. Wolf said he is working closely with Pittsburgh and other cities to be able to provide assistance to areas that need it.
The National Guard has been mobilized in a stand by capacity should protests escalate in areas, according to state leaders. Officials with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said they plan for the best but prepare for the worst in terms of the support they are mobilizing. National Guard requests are in for Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Officials in Montgomery County asked for help if any situation arises at the King of Prussia mall.
National Guard members are being mobilized in western areas of the state just in case they are needed, as well. Units are are only sent into a specific jurisdiction when that area requests the aid. That has not yet happened in Allegheny County or Pittsburgh.
State leaders said Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are the two areas that suffered the most property damage following rioting and looting.
Wolf said he was proud of the way law enforcement has responded so far to the demonstrations in various cities.