PRESIDENT Donald Trump has slammed Joe Biden for "not condemning" the violence in Philadelphia 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 in a mental health crisis – was shot by police.President Donald Trump spoke to supporters in Las Vegas on WednesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press Wallace Jr died on Monday after being shot by police in PhiladelphiaCredit: Facebook
Trump said the violence has to be "stopped," and local leaders are responsible for that.
He said the federal government "doesn't send" in federal officers "unless they're asked to.
"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, a Democrat, did that on Tuesday.Joe Biden said his 'heart was broken' at Walter Wallace Jr's deathCredit: Getty Images - Getty
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.Black Lives Matter protesters have been demonstrating in honor of Wallace JrCredit: twitter.com/Christie_Ileto
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.”
"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.Protests have unfolded in the Pennsylvania city after Wallace Jr was shot deadCredit: Adam Gray/SWNS for The U.S. Sun
"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."
Trump said Biden "has been doing this for 47 years" and claimed that Biden "doesn't want to condemn that."
"You have to condemn, you have to be strong. You can't have chaos like that. He'll be very weak."Trump said he would send in federal officers to Philadelphia if Governor Tom Wolf requested itCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump went on to he loves Philadelphia, as he went to school there, and alleged: "Joe is all talk no action, gotta have some action."
"The Trump Administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots."A fire as seen on the streets of Philadelphia this week Credit: Reuters
The violence unfolded in Philadelphia with just a week left until Election Day.
American flags were torched in New York City on Tuesday after the protests spread from Philadelphia, where dumpsters were set on fire, stores were ransacked, and violent clashes between protesters and police ensued.
Shocking footage showed a man carrying a burning star-spangled banner through the streets of Brooklyn, where WABC reported that dozens of arrests were made and least nine NYPD vehicles were damaged.A riot police officer is seen in Philadelphia amid clashes with protesters on Tuesday Credit: Reuters
A car was also filmed ramming into an NYPD barricade last night while cops tried to smash the windows with batons.
The violence intensified in other states as rioters looted stores, set fire to trash bins and smashed up cars in the ransacked Pennsylvania city.One looter was seen stealing a washing machine on television Credit: Fox News A Walmart was damaged by lootersCredit: AP:Associated Press
Roughly 500 people gathered at a West Philadelphia park on Tuesday, where they chanted and marched through the neighborhood.
Another black man, Karon Hylton, also died on Monday after crashing his scooter into a car while being chased by police in DC.Workers are seen boarding up a store in Philadelphia on Wednesday in anticipation of another night of violent unrestCredit: AP:Associated Press
Shocking video footage shows demonstrators hurling garbage and garbage cans at officers in riot gear holding up a line of shields that day.
Police confirmed that at least 30 officers were injured hours after Wallace's shooting, including one female officer who was hit by a truck and sustained a broken leg.
Rioters looted several stores and at least one restaurant, and police said that more than 30 people were arrested for throwing bricks or rocks at officers or looting.
Philadelphia looter brazenly steals large appliance from store as violence and vandalism erupt for second night