Philadelphia braces for second night of violence as vid shows cops RUNNING AWAY from ‘rioters throwing bottles’

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PHILADELPHIA is bracing for another night of unrest, as a video emerged showing cops running away from rioters protesting an officer-involved shooting on Monday.

A night of riots broke out after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr, a 27-year old black man, in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

Video footage captured cops running away from rioters in the streets of Philadelphia on Monday

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Video footage captured cops running away from rioters in the streets of Philadelphia on Monday

Another video captured rioters hurling trash cans at a line of police officers

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Another video captured rioters hurling trash cans at a line of police officersCredit: Twitter

Unrest broke out after police fatally shot 27-year-old Walter Wallace

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Unrest broke out after police fatally shot 27-year-old Walter Wallace

Video footage shared to social media captured a group of officers begin to retreat, with some running, as rioters approach them, appearing to throw bottles in their direction.

A person behind the camera can be heard laughing and cheering on the rioters.

Several videos of violent encounters in the Pennsylvania city made the rounds on social media on Tuesday, including one that showed rioters hurling trash cans at a line of cops and another that showed looters sifting through trashed stores.

Police confirmed that more than 30 people were arrested over the course of Monday night, for offenses like looting and throwing items like rocks and bricks at police officers.

Authorities also confirmed that at least 30 officers were injured, including a female cop who was hit bit a truck and suffered a broken leg.

The night of unrest resulted in at least 30 arrests, police said

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The night of unrest resulted in at least 30 arrests, police saidCredit: AP:Associated Press

A police vehicle was set on fire during the Monday protests

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A police vehicle was set on fire during the Monday protestsCredit: Reuters

Police and protesters violently clashed in the streets of Philadelphia on Monday

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Police and protesters violently clashed in the streets of Philadelphia on MondayCredit: AP:Associated Press

The violence broke out after two police officers shot and killed Wallace, who was approaching them with a knife, around 4pm on Monday.

Footage posted online by witnesses showed Wallace walking around as a woman tries to intervene, while two male officers have their guns pointed.

Wallace suffered from metal illness and was on medication, according to his family.

Video appears to show him making his way toward the officers. The officers asked him to drop the weapon, according to reports.

After Wallace failed to comply, both officers fired their weapons.

His father, Walter Wallace Sr, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the officers shot his son 10 times, though investigators said it is unclear at this time how many times he was shot.

Wallace Sr, as well as other witnesses, are questioning why the police officers chose to use deadly force.

"Why didn't they use a Taser?" he asked. "His mother was trying to diffuse the situation. Then you're going to shoot him down like he's a mother f**king animal."

The shooting is being investigated by police as well as the district attorney's office.

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw confirmed to CBS Philly that an investigation is ongoing, and the department hopes to provide the public with the answers they seek.

"I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions," she said in a statement.

"Residents have my assurance that those questions will be fully addressed by the investigation."

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