Onlookers were seen taunting and throwing things at Philadelphia police Wednesday night amid a wild shootout and subsequent standoff that saw six cops wounded, and video posted online shows one woman shoving a police officer making his way to the scene.
Philadelphia’s KYW-TV reporter Alexandria Hoff described on Twitter Wednesday night how a crowd of people bordering the blocked off active shooter scene allegedly harassed officers.
“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here, too,” Hoff said on Twitter. “A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”
I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here too. A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire. #PhiladelphiaShooting
— Alexandria Hoff (@AlexandriaHoff) August 15, 2019
“I should add — 98% of people here on scene were respectful and concerned. That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic,” she added in a separate tweet.
In another video posted by Breaking911, one woman can be seen shoving an officer from behind as he passes through the crowd. Others in the crowd yell and throw objects at police as they enter the blocked off area amid the active standoff scene.
Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.
The dramatic shootout in Philadelphia stretched on for more than eight hours as six officers were shot. Two officers were trapped on the second floor of the building as the gunman shot through the first-floor ceiling and outside at responding law enforcement.
After withstanding more than five hours of gunfire, SWAT officers managed to get the two officers and three hostages out of the residence safely. The gunman eventually surrendered just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.
3 thoughts on “Philadelphia police pelted with objects, taunted during harrowing shootout, standoff: reports”
I find it interesting that the community is now responding against police initiated violence. On one level, that’s a good sign. The government declared ‘war on drugs’ is just another war on a noun, like the war on poverty, the war on terror, etc., that allows the government to define another segment of the population as its enemy and to initiate force and violence against that segment. It’s time for the government stop all of its declared wars on the people, disarm the police, and leave the people the hell alone. If the government cannot peacefully serve the people, it has no right to exist.
“A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”
A major disappointment indeed.
THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOOTING AT THE PIGS AS WELL… INSTEAD OF MERELY THROWING SH#T AT THEM – LIKE F%&KING PALESTINIANS!!!!!
I said it on the last article. But it would have been awesome if they engaged with weapons. Be interesting to see how the enforcers respond to being in the middle of an ambush at a neighborhood level.