Following the police shooting and killing of Walter Wallace Jr., who was armed with a knife, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the subsequent violence in the streets, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris issued a joint statement on the situation.
In the statement, they mention President Trump towards the end of the statement and claim that “All Donald Trump Does is Fan the Flames of Division in Our Society.”
“He is incapable of doing the real work to bring people together. We will,” they add.
They begin the statement by saying that their “hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., and for all those suffering the emotional weight of learning about another Black life in America lost.”
“At the same time, no amount of anger at the very real injustices in our society excuses violence. Attacking police officers and vandalizing small businesses, which are already struggling during a pandemic, does not bend the moral arc of the universe closer to justice,” the pair insist.
Biden added to the tweet of the statement, “Walter’s life mattered.”
One “Resister” replied to the tweet by suggesting, “His life did matter. He was mentally ill. No reason to shoot to kill. No reason to gun down a mother’s son right in front of her face like that… the police need to be trained to handle crisis situations better.”
His life did matter. He was mentally ill. No reason to shoot to kill. No reason to gun down a mother’s son right in front of her face like that… the police need to be trained to handle crisis situations better.— VoterWithAnAttitude😡 (@KaramelKonkeror) October 27, 2020
A poll worker in Memphis, Tennessee was recently fired after turning away early voters who were wearing “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” shirts.
Shelby County Election Commission spokeswoman Suzanne Thompson said Tennessee law does not allow voters to wear items bearing the name of a candidate or a political party in a polling place, but state law does not prohibit statements such as “Black Lives Matter.”
It is clear that Democrats and Biden have been flirting with the phrase and the “movement” in a way that makes it unclear and indeed, the poll worker thought the statements were tied to the Democratic Party, Thompson said.
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