The two officers who shot Walter Wallace Jr. didn’t have tasers, but they were wearing body cameras.
The Philadelphia Police Department has announced that it will release the body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by two officers.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has promised a transparent investigation, and the release of the footage is a key component of that goal. It will be released to the public after it’s first shared with the Wallace family.
Philadelphia Police officers congregate an hour before a citywide curfew Wednesday night after two consecutive nights of unrest in response to the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., a father of nine children. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Outlaw has admitted that the officers who responded to the call from Catherine Wallace, the slain man’s mother, did not have tasers. She has also stated that the city needs methods to deal with mental health calls.
The Wallace family said, via an attorney, that the 911 call that precipitated the man’s death was not for police, but for an ambulance.