Walter Wallace’s Eldest Son Alleges ‘White Racist Cops Got My Own Dad’
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The family of Walter Wallace is speaking out after the 27-year-old Black man was fatally shot by Philadelphia police after he allegedly approached them with a knife.

At a press conference Tuesday night, Wallace’s son — reported to be the eldest — gave an emotional speech in which he alleged “white racist cops” killed his father.”

“So, we would always hang out, would always go places and we would always play around,” the young man said. "And he looked to always teach me how to be a man. And white racist cops got my own dad. And Black life still matters.”

Wallace’s mother Catherine — who, in a widely circulated social media video, was seen running up to her son after the fatal event — also spoke, claiming she told cops not to shoot her child.

"I was telling police to stop. 'Don't shoot my son, please don't shoot my son,'" she claimed. "They paid me no mind, and shot my son."

When asked by a reporter if she told authorities about her son’s mental health issues, she replied, “They already knew about. It’s already on his record.”

Catherine also claimed police were “there early that day” and were “standing out there, laughing at us.”

Despite her loss, Catherine denounced the looting that has occurred around Philadelphia.

“My son wouldn’t want none of y’all to be out here looting,” she said.

TMZ previously reported that on Monday night, at least 30 Philadelphia police officers were injured and 33 demonstrators were arrested for rioting, vandalism, and looting.

On Tuesday night, Fox 29 Philly posted disturbing footage of a Port Richmond-area Walmart being looted.

Per spokesperson Tanya Little, police — who were called to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood in response to reports of a person with a weapon — shot Wallace “several times” after he allegedly “advanced towards” them with a knife.

Authorities say Wallace was hit in the shoulder and chest and was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

TMZ says Wallace's father Walter Wallace Sr. says his son was shot at least 10 times.

Both Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw have announced investigations into Wallace’s death.

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