PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said he's ready to send federal officers into Philadelphia to end the riots following Walter Wallace Jr's death.
Speaking to supporters in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Trump condemned the violence that's been unfolding since Monday, when Wallace -- an unarmed black man -- was shot by police.President Donald Trump spoke to supporters in Las Vegas on WednesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump also slammed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for not "condemning the violence" in the Pennsylvania city.
Trump said it has to be "stopped," and local leaders are responsible for that.
He said the federal government "doesn't send" in federal officers "unless we're asked.
"If they ask, we'll be there very quickly," Trump said. "Can't let that go on."
Trump also said the governor of the state, Tom Wolf, has to call in the National Guard -- but Wolf did that on Tuesday.
Wallace Jr was killed by police on Monday after they claimed he was wielding a knife and ignored their orders to drop his weapon.
Wallace Jr’s family – who say the 27-year-old was bipolar – have said that on they sought an ambulance and medical assistance for the man, rather than police.
His mom, Cathy Wallace, said police officers had showed up at the family’s home in Philadelphia three times on Monday and knew it was a mental health situation.
The mother alleged that one of the times cops showed up, “they stood there and laughed at us.”
In response to the violent protests, Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris said they feel "shock and grief … especially for a community that has already endured so much trauma."
"Our hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., and for all those suffering the emotional weight of learning about another Black life in America lost," the two said in a statement.
"We cannot accept that in this country a mental health crisis ends in death.
"It makes the shock and grief and violence of yesterday’s shooting that much more painful, especially for a community that has already endured so much trauma. Walter Wallace’s life, like too many others’, was a Black life that mattered."
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