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PHILADELPHIA ERUPTS: 91 people arrested, 30 cops injured amidst violent unrest

Police struggled to contain the crowds, cop cars and dumpsters were set on fire, and thirty officers were injured after being struck by bricks and rocks

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Philadelphia experienced a wild night of violent unrest that left 91 people arrested and 30 officers injured early Tuesday. 

Hundreds of people took to the streets Monday to protest the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Junior, calling it another example of police officers killing black men. 

Demonstrators marched to a city police station, where police officers were stationed behind metal barricades. 

But, the protests were anything but peaceful. 

Violence quickly erupted, as some protesters began throwing objects at officers – even setting at least one police vehicle on fire. 

Police struggled to contain the crowds, cop cars and dumpsters were set on fire, and thirty officers were injured after being struck by bricks and rocks, according to authorities

A 56-year-old sergeant was hospitalized with a broken leg and other injuries after she was “intentionally run over by an individual driving a pick-up truck” Fox News reports. 

The shooting occurred in the late afternoon – before 4 p.m. – as officers responded to a report of a man wielding a weapon. Upon arrival in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood, police were greeted by the man, later identified as Walter Wallace, holding a knife. 

Officers ordered Wallace to drop the knife, but he instead “advanced toward” them, at which point both officers fired their weapons. In a video that emerged shortly after the incident, officers are shown pointing their guns at Wallace as he walks closer; after telling him to put his knife down, they fired shots. 

In the aftermath, police said eight cruisers and one fire department vehicle were vandalized and several commercial properties were looted. 

The looting, vandalism and violence were initially concentrated in West Phildalphia’s commercial corridors, but unrest was also reported in other parts of the city, including Center City and North Philly. 

And though the unrest settled at daybreak, the city anticipates additional protests and looting to follow throughout the day Tuesday. 

At least 91 people were arrested – mostly for burglary of commercial properties and 11 for assault on officers, according to NBC Philadelphia. 

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  1. Todd Morgan

    October 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Remember MOVE Organization with David Walker. The Philly KKKops dropped a bomb from a helicopter on a whole city block. When the MOVE family members exited the house, the POWlice shot them. Philly has a long history, as the UteSA as a whole, of negligence when it comes to caring about Black Lives.

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‘Tis the Season For Social Justice Messages on NFL Helmets, End Zones and Hats

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force

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NFL Social Justice

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force. Stenciled in the helmets this year, players can choose from six phrases: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say their Stories.”

The end zones will read, for the second straight year, “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.” The league is also bringing back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and begin a new one where each team will “highlight its social justice work during a regular-season home game in Weeks 17 and 18.”

“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long term,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. All of the initiatives “will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage” added Isaacson. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”

End zone stencils will remain in place for all home games except when another specific cause is to be recognized, such as the Salute to Service game. “Salute To Service” will replace “End Racism” in one end zone and “It Takes All of Us” will still remain in the opposite end zone,

Another addition will be a knit hat that can be worn on the sidelines of Weeks 17 and 18 by players, coaches, and other personnel “to add visibility to the cause.” The hat will also be sold at retail, and “100% of the league’s proceeds will be donated to Inspire Change grant recipients.”

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Racist Rock: Boulder Removed from UW-Madison ‘Painful History of Discrimination’

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is spending somewhere between $30,000 and $75,000 for good use; to move a rock. But not just any rock, no, this is a racist rock. “Chamberlin Rock, located on top of Observatory Hill, is named in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

However, “for some students of color on campus, the rock represents a painful history of discrimination” the article explains. The 70-ton boulder was removed from the “heart of campus” at 6:30 am Friday morning following demands from students over the past year.

The boulder will be moved to university-owned land southeast of Madison near Lake Kegonsa. In its place, the university plans to place a plaque to honor the former university president. Wisconsin State Journal reports:

The boulder was referred to as a “n——-head” — a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock — at least once in a 1925 Wisconsin State Journal story. University historians have not found any other time that the term was used but said the Ku Klux Klan was active on campus at that time.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank approved the removal of Chamberlin Rock in January but the Wisconsin Historical Society needed to sign off on the rock’s removal because it was located within 15 feet of a Native American burial site…

… The Black Student Union led the call to remove the rock last summer. Nalah McWhorter, the group’s president and a UW-Madison senior, said in an interview this summer that the demands to remove the boulder had been around even before she arrived on campus three years ago.

“I’m grateful that we have had the opportunity to do this and that the rock will be removed,” she said. “It was our demand, and it was something that we put all the work in for.”

The Black Student Union worked with Wunk Sheek, an Indigenous student organization on campus, to lobby for the rock’s removal.

“We did all these presentations,” McWhorter said. “We went through all of these meetings during an academic year with a lot of other stuff going on, so the work really relied on us, as students, and as Black students.”

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