Philadelphia Mayor Imposes Citywide Curfew Due To BLM Rioting

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Jim Kenney has imposed a curfew, starting Wednesday and lasting from 9 pm until 6 am, after two nights of Black Lives Matter rioting and large-scale looting that left the city’s Port Richmond shopping district a “total loss.”

The curfew is being put in place after violent protests spun out of control on Monday and Tuesday following the death of Walter Wallace Jr., whom police shot after he refused to drop his knife during an altercation on Monday afternoon. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered several hundred members of the state National Guard to deploy to Philadelphia to help quell the unrest.

At least 53 police have been injured in the clashes, many of whom were struck by bricks and rocks, according to local CBS reporter Joe Holden. One officer was run over by a large pickup, and 28 police or fire department vehicles were torched or otherwise damaged.

Nine ATMs were blown up overnight Tuesday alone, which is something of a tradition during the Philadelphia riots. Police urged businesses that host the machines to remove cash to discourage further thefts.

About 50 ATMs around the city were bombed during Black Lives Matter protests in early June, one of which resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man hours after he tried to break into an ATM using explosives.

This week’s unrest marked which started over the Police shooting of a knife-wielding black man has resulted in some of the most out-of-control rioting since BLM protests began in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

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