PHILADELPHIA - The family of Walter Wallace Jr. is calling for justice and peace in the wake of Monday's deadly police-involved shooting.
"Justice got to be done to help my son and help my family,” Walter Wallace Sr. said Tuesday night.
He begged for answers in the fatal police shooting that claimed the life of his 27-year-old son.
Wallace Sr. says his family called 911 for an ambulance Monday but got a police response. Moments later, Wallace Jr. was shot and killed in front of his mother and neighbors.
“I was telling the police to stop, don’t shoot my son. They paid me no mind and they just shot him,” his mother Cathy Wallace said.
Speaking with reporters outside their home, the Wallace family says police had been to the home on the 6100 block of Locust Street three times that day.
When his family called 911 for an ambulance, police officers responded. They say he’s been treated for mental conditions for years.
“I find it extremely emotionally taxing to think about how you can call for assistance and wind with the people who you called end up killing you. I can’t even conceive the concept,” attorney Shaka Johnson said.
“When you come to a scene where somebody is in a mental crisis, and the only tool you have to deal with it is a gun ... where are the proper tools for the job?” Johnson added, arguing that Philadelphia police officers are not properly trained to handle mental health crises. Johnson said Wallace's brother had called 911 to request medical assistance and an ambulance.
Johnson added that Wallace's wife is pregnant and is scheduled to have labor induced Wednesday. Wallace, an aspiring rapper, had nine children.
As parts of the city witnessed the second night of unrest Tuesday, his family called for peace.
“I ain’t got time to loot, burn up, and destroy where I live. It's uncalled for, it really, really is and the people doing it ain't helping my family. They are showing disrespect," Wallace Sr. said.
Three of Wallace's young sons appeared in front of TV cameras begging their dad not be forgotten.
“We would always hang out. He would always play around and he always told me how to be a man,” Zamir Wallace said.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family. If you wish to donate, please click here.
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