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Walter Wallace Jr.'s Family Does Not Want Police Officers To Face Murder Charges

Added 10-30-20 12:07:02am EST - “"Here's why: they were improperly trained and did not have the proper equipment by which to effectuate their job," the family's attorney said on Thursday. The officers' names have not been released.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Walter Wallace Jr.'s Family Does Not Want Police Officers To Face Murder Charges”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The killing of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man in the midst of a psychological episode, by police on Monday has sparked days of protests. The family, who reviewed police bodycam video of the fatal shooting on Thursday morning, is calling for the recordings to be released to the public. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

The killing of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man in the midst of a psychological episode, by police on Monday has sparked days of protests. The family, who reviewed police bodycam video of the fatal shooting on Thursday morning, is calling for the recordings to be released to the public.

Walter Wallace Jr.'s family is seeking justice but they are not advocating for the officers who killed the 27-year-old Black man to be charged with murder.

The family, including Wallace's mother and wife who were at the scene of the killing, privately reviewed the police body camera footage of the fatal shooting early Thursday morning.

According to their attorney, Shaka Johnson, the brief 30 to 40 second video put on display the systematic failings of the Philadelphia Police Department who armed the officers with "a tool by which to assassinate" instead of a less lethal device such as a Taser.

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