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Philadelphia police to release 911 tapes, body cam footage in shooting of Black man

Added 10-28-20 10:57:01pm EST - “Philadelphia police announced on Wednesday that the department would release 911 tapes and body camera footage involving the officer-involved shooting death of a Black man Monday, which sparked dayslong protests in” - Thehill.com

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Philadelphia police announced on Wednesday that the department would release 911 tapes and body camera footage involving the officer-involved shooting death of a Black man Monday, which sparked dayslong protests in the city that have occasionally turned violent. 

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference Wednesday that the evidence will be released to the public after it is first shared with the family of Walter Wallace Jr., according to The Associated Press.  

An attorney representing Wallace’s family said late Tuesday that the family had requested an ambulance in a 911 call because Wallace was reportedly having a mental health crisis before the fatal encounter with police.

Outlaw said that the city’s police department is in need of a behavioral health unit or a method to connect police calls with mental health professionals. 

“There’s clearly a disconnect on our end in terms of knowing what’s out there” at the scene, Outlaw told reporters, according to the AP. 

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