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Police find van loaded with explosives in Philadelphia; looting and rioting continues in city despite curfew

Philadelphia police have launched an investigation after discovering a van that was reportedly loaded with explosives and suspicious items around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The bomb squad and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were called in to assist with the investigation.

Inside the abandoned van were explosives, such as propane tanks, dynamite sticks, and torches, according to WPVI-TV. The van was reportedly found at Logan Circle, a large traffic circle with a park and gardens in Philly’s Center City neighborhood in the city’s museum district.

No one was in the van when police approached the vehicle, but an eyewitness told WCAU-TV that they saw a man running away from the van.

The identity of the owner of the van has not been revealed, and no arrests have been made.

Philadelphia police have reported that explosives have been used to try to breach ATMs during the riots. WTXF-TV reported that authorities responded to four reports of explosives being detonated near automated teller machines in North Philadelphia between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the cashboxes were still intact after the explosions and the suspects could not steal the money, but significant damage was done to the machines.

This week’s protests that have escalated into looting and fiery riots were sparked by Monday’s police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., who reportedly wielded a knife and charged at officers. Police fired 14 shots, killing Wallace.

During the first night of riots, dozens of businesses were looted, and at least 30 Philadelphia police officers were injured, 12 were hospitalized. Looting continued a second night in Philadelphia, including at a Five Below store, where BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer was assaulted by looters.

Philadelphia instituted a citywide curfew from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. Despite the curfew, there was still looting in the city on Wednesday night.

More than half of the stores in a northeast Philadelphia strip mall were vandalized Wednesday night, according to KYW-TV.

“One of the stores’ managers told the station a group of about 12 to 15 people drove up to the shopping center at about midnight and went business by business, smashing doors and windows,” KYW-TV news reporter Jan Carabeo noted.

In a different part of the city, a Lord & Taylor and other businesses were damaged by rioters.

No arrests were reported.

“City officials said at least 200 businesses, many of them already struggling in the midst of the pandemic, were the targets of massive looting across the city,” WCAU-TV reported. “To assist police, an undetermined number of Pennsylvania National Guard troops will soon be arriving in the city.”

“I have requested the assistance of the Pennsylvania National Guard,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. “Their role, first and foremost, will be to safeguard property and prevent looting. They will also provide assistance for our police department and other operational departments as needed.”

The Pennsylvania National Guard troops will begin arriving in Philadelphia on Friday, Kenney said during a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw delivered an update regarding the investigation into the police shooting death of Wallace.

“As I said yesterday, this investigation has many moving parts and we are working hard to ensure that a fair and thorough investigation takes place,” Outlaw said. “We plan on releasing premise history audio of 911 calls and bodycam footage of the discharging officers in the near future.

“We will be meeting with members of Mr. Wallace’s family, to ensure they get an opportunity to view the materials first,” Outlaw continued.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby commented on the investigation.

“We’re calling on the city leadership to release the facts of this case, it’s not hard, it’s cut and dry. Release what you have,” McNesby said.

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VIDEO: Philadelphia cops take cover as mob attacks. Dozens of officers injured, including one who was struck with a vehicle during Walter Wallace riots.

Viral videos captured the mayhem taking place against Philadelphia police on Monday night after the police shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr.

Authorities
fatally shot Wallace, who was reportedly armed with a knife as police responded to a scene of a domestic incident. During the incident, Wallace reportedly strode toward officers and refused to drop his knife.

You can read more on Wallace’s killing
here, which was captured on bodycam footage.

What are the details?

According to
Newsweek, many videos emerged across Twitter on Monday night, showing attacks on police officers.

In some of the videos, officers can be seen
running for cover as rioters attack.

The outlet added, “One video also appears to show an officer being struck by a pickup truck near 52nd and Walnut. The officer is reported to be a 56-year-old female sergeant who suffered a broken leg after being hit by the vehicle.”

Journalist Andy Ngo shared footage of what appeared to be the incident in question.

He captioned the tweet, “At the Philadelphia BLM riot, a cop got hit or run over by a speeding vehicle.”

The unnamed female officer reportedly wasn’t the only officer to suffer injuries in connection to Monday night’s riots.

WCAU-TV
reported that at least 30 police officers were injured in the line of duty as violent protesters smashed windows, looted, and set vehicles on fire.

“All the officers, except for the one struck by the truck, had been treated and released as of early Tuesday,” WCAU reported.

“Police cars and dumpsters were set on fire as police struggled to contain the crowds,” the station’s report continued. “More than a dozen officers, many with batons in hand, formed a line as they ran down 52nd Street chasing protesters away from the main thoroughfare. The crowd largely dispersed then.”

Authorities also said that at least five police vehicles and one fire department vehicle were vandalized.

At least 30 people were arrested in connection with the riots and looting.

What else?

Newsweek reported that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said that the shooting, and the subsequent video, “raises many questions” and announced an investigation into the incident.

“Residents have my assurance that those questions will be fully addressed by the investigation,” Outlaw said. “While at the scene this evening, I heard and felt the anger of the community. Everyone involved will forever be impacted. I will be leaning on what the investigation gleans to answer the many unanswered questions that exist.”

“I also plan to join the Mayor in meeting with members of the community and members of Mr. Wallace’s family to hear their concerns as soon as it can be scheduled,” she added.

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