The Pennsylvania National Guard was deployed to Philadelphia Tuesday in an attempt to restore law and order in the city.
Fox News said another night of violent riots and looting is expected to take place after tense confrontations between angry demonstrators and police hours after two officers shot and killed a Black man.
Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement Tuesday that several hundred guardsmen will assist local agencies in “protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest.”
“We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security.”
Gov. Tom Wolf activated the guards immediately in response to the unfolding unrest.
Reports said the Philadelphia Police Department has also beefed up its presence across the city.
In a news conference along with Mayor Jim Kenney and city leaders, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said, “For today and this evening, we anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest and, as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order.”
Outlaw noted that the city will increase the number of officers at “key locations” within the city to respond to any reports of violence, she said. Officials have also asked law enforcement agencies outside the city to help bolster personnel.
On Monday, angry crowds took to the streets in West Philadelphia after police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man armed with a knife.
At least 30 police officers were hurt after the crowd threw rocks and bricks at police and started looting and vandalizing businesses.