The National Guard in the US state of Pennsylvania has mobilized several hundred troops to maintain order in Philadelphia, where protests are taking place over the death of African American Walter Wallace.
The corresponding order was made by Governor Tom Wolfe in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Situations.
“The state’s National Guard is mobilizing several hundred employees to help local governments protect lives and property and uphold the right to peaceful assembly and protest,” Fox29 was quoted as saying on Wednesday, Oct.28.
The National Guard stressed that the units are specially trained to carry out the tasks set by the leadership and ensure public safety during periods of mass unrest that pose a danger to the population and infrastructure.
Earlier it was reported that as a result of the riots in Philadelphia, more than 90 people were detained.
The protests began on Monday evening, October 26, after two police officers shot and killed a 27-year-old black local named Walter Wallace.
The incident happened earlier that day. Two officers arrived at the call after complaining about a man screaming and armed with a knife. Law enforcers several times insistently demanded that Wallace throw down his weapon, but he began to approach the officers. As a result, the police shot at Wallace, he died as a result of his injuries.
Since the end of May, mass rallies against racism have been held in the United States under the slogan Black Lives Matter, which periodically escalate into pogroms and clashes with the police. The demonstrations were triggered by a series of deaths of African Americans as a result of harsh law enforcement actions.