The National Guard was deployed to Philadelphia on Tuesday night as the city was met with violent Black Lives Matter riots following the police shooting an armed black man.
Walter Wallace was shot Monday by two officers responding to a domestic call about someone with a weapon. He was armed with a knife and refused to drop it, approaching them while wielding the weapon according to police.
The shooting ignited outrage among residents and prompted hundreds to take to the streets in protest.
Several hundred guardsmen will assist local agencies in “protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest,” Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement Tuesday. “We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security.”
The Philadelphia Police Department also beefed up its presence across the city Tuesday night.
The deployment of the National guard came as riots from the night before sent 30 police officers to the hospital. Hundreds of BLM protesters took to the streets and began assaulting officers, looting vehicles and stores, and setting at least one police vehicle on fire.
One police sergeant, a 56-year-old female, sustained a broken leg after being run down by a large black pickup truck. The driver appeared to intentionally plow through a line of police officers attempting to block off a street from rioters.
Police officials say the sergeant sustained a broken leg and “various other injuries,” ABC6 reported. She is reported to be in stable condition Tuesday morning.
Doctors treated and released 29 other officers who were struck by bricks, rocks, and other projectiles during the Monday-night upheaval.
Officials had hoped that rolling out the National Guard would help to prevent a repeat of Monday night’s chaos, but the Democrat leadership failed to get their city under control again on Tuesday.
Protesters gathered in West Philadelphia around 7 p.m. Tuesday and marched to the 18th District police headquarters before throwing rocks, water bottles and other items at responding officers.
Along with continued assaults on police officers, more looting occurred in the city Tuesday night. Looters targeted the Footlocker, Walmart and other nearby stores in the name of “social justice.”
The situation became so dangerous and violent that Philadelphia police requested that residents in the numerous districts remain indoors when possible due to the continued unrest.
Videos capturing the night’s events showed stores with items strewn in aisles and looters carrying out kitchen appliances, electronics and other items. Many stores were boarded up, but crowds still managed to break through windows.
Journalists covering some of the lootings described chaotic scenes they said appeared to be void of any police coverage. Police announced on Twitter late Tuesday to announce there were about 1,000 looters in the area of Castor and Aramingo streets alone.
Elijah Schaffer, a reporter for the Blaze who was covering the looting at a store called Five Below, was beaten on video as Black Lives Matter protesters inside the establishment were reportedly specifically targeting white skinned individuals.
Schaffer, who had a swollen and bloody lip, said he was jumped by the Black Lives Matter looters inside the business.
“I’m going to go to the hospital, I think, to get stitches because it is just absolutely painful,” he said in a video posted on Twitter. “But this is what’s happening in the current state over the killing of Walter Wallace.”
The White House issued a statement early Wednesday that called the riots in the city the “most recent consequence of the Liberal Democrats’ war against the police.”
The statement called for a full investigation into the shooting, but said “we can never allow mob rule. The Trump administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy all Federal resources to end these riots.”