Walter Wallace Jr., the Philadelphia man who was shot and killed by police, had a serious and recent criminal record.
To be clear, a criminal history doesn’t make a police shooting justified. However, it does provide a fuller biography. Family members have said that Wallace Jr. had mental health issue; police say he had a knife when officers shot him in a scene captured on video.
The shooting has ignited riots and looting throughout Philly. According to Fox News, Wallace rapped about “shooting police officers.”
What was the criminal history of Walter Wallace Jr.?
Here’s the rap sheet for Wallace Jr.
Walter Wallace Jr. Criminal History
Here is a partial criminal record of #WalterWallaceJr, along with a copious amount of mug shots. His first arrest was in 2006, when he was charged for assaulting a teacher. He was 13 years old. #PhiladelphiaRiots pic.twitter.com/qex4x4VoVv
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Read his full criminal record here from the Philadelphia court system.
- He had a pending case for “allegedly threatening to shoot a woman and her house up,” ABC 6 reported. Here’s the court record:
- In 2017, he pleaded guilty “to robbery, assault, and possessing an instrument of crime after kicking down the door of another woman and putting a gun to her head.”
- In 2013, he pleaded “guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police were called “dozens of times” for “problems” at Wallace’s home, including twice before the shooting incident.
The Inquirer reported that Wallace “had been in and out of court for nearly a decade, with convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery…city judges routinely sought to get him mental health treatment.”
Police have said they are still trying to determine what officers knew about Wallace before they responded to the house. They received “31 radio calls since May” relating to Wallace’s address, some involved “reports of a person with a weapon, threats, or assaults, the sources said,” the Inquirer reported.
They were called to the house for a report of a man with a knife, according to the newspaper.
“Responding officers witnessed a male on the block. Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it, and waiving it erratically,” said Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp to CBS Philadelphia.