Council President Darrell Clarke speaks at a podium

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT CLARKE ON THE RELEASE OF VIDEO AND AUDIO OF THE SHOOTING OF WALTER WALLACE, JR.

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Philadelphia, PA – November 5, 2020 – Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today issued the following statement in response to the release of 911 audio and body worn camera footage of the shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. in West Philadelphia on October 26, 2020:

“Since the tragic death of Walter Wallace, Jr. at the hands of police last week, we have been consistent in our belief that it is in the best interest of the residents of Philadelphia that any audio and video images the Philadelphia Police Department possessed be made public.

As we continue to grieve with the Wallace family and the West Philadelphia community, we renew our call for a clear, transparent and timely investigation into the events that led to the shooting of Mr. Wallace. We join the Wallace family in calling for patience and calm as that process is completed.

Councilmembers and other elected officials hear the calls for meaningful police oversight, police reform, and expanded mental health supports. We urge our residents to channel the frustrations and anxiety they are surely feeling today into becoming part of the reform process that City Councilmembers, advocates, and state elected officials have already begun.”

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