Good morning from our newsroom.
First: Philadelphia instituted a 9 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew Wednesday night in anticipation of a third night of unrest after the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. The Pennsylvania National Guard is expected to arrive in the city tomorrow.
Then: With five days until Election Day, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are continuing to campaign.
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Many businesses in the city closed early and boarded up their windows Wednesday ahead of Mayor Jim Kenney’s 9 p.m. curfew. And Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency to provide additional state resources to Philadelphia in the coming days. The National Guard is expected to start arriving on Friday with more coming Saturday.
Several businesses on Wednesday night were being targeted for break-ins along City Avenue, including some on the Lower Merion Township side of the border with Philadelphia, police said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw also pledged to release the 911 calls and body camera footage related to Monday’s shooting. That’s a significant step. The Philadelphia Police Department has never before released police footage of an officer’s shooting.
About 10 blocks away from the shooting and eight hours after it, a video showed Philly police officers surrounding an SUV and removing the driver and passenger from the car to throw them to the ground and then pull a toddler from the backseat. As of Wednesday night, police did not respond to our questions about what preceded the video, which was recorded by a woman on her rooftop, or what happened to the toddler.
Also, with less than a week before Election Day, both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden have weighed in with different responses.
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