National Guard in Philadelphia Nowhere to Be Found as Second Night of Mass Rioting Begins

CORRECTS BYLINE TO MARK SCOLFORO - Gov. Tom Wolf, holds a "black lives matter" sign while walking alongside Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, right, marches with demonstrators protesting police violence against black people and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Mark …
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The Pennsylvania National Guard was not yet seen late Tuesday night as looting and rioting broke out a second night in Philadelphia, following two police officers fatally shooting 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., who was reportedly carrying a knife and refused to drop it as he advanced towards them.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered several hundred Pennsylvania National Guard members to deploy to Philadelphia earlier in the evening, around 6:00 p.m. ET.

The Pennsylvania National Guard issued a statement that said at the direction of Wolf, they were mobilizing “several hundred members” in support of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and to “assist local agencies in protecting life, property and the right to peacefully protest.”

National Guard members do not act in law enforcement roles themselves, such as by arresting citizens, but can assist law enforcement agencies in other ways, such as traffic control or protection of property.

“We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security,” Pennsylvania National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement, according to Fox29.

But after mass looting began, National Guard members were still nowhere to be seen. The Philadelphia Police Department tweeted an alert at 8:47 p.m. that a “large crowd” of approximately 1,000 is looting businesses and to avoid the area.

Journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted video of a Walmart and other stores being looted. “The PA National Guard is standing down.”


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