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Published on October 28, 2020 10:30 AM

Trump responds to Philly unrest, without naming Walter Wallace Jr., and says federal resources are ready to be deployed ?if requested?

Three days after Philadelphia Police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man who was suffering a mental health crisis, the Trump administration responded Wednesday, blaming the unrest in West Philadelphia on the ?liberal Democrats' war against the police" and saying the federal government was prepared to send extra resources to the city ?if requested.?

The president?s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in a statement that ?all lethal force incidents must be fully investigated.?

While McEnany noted the dangers of police work and expressed sympathy for officers killed in the line of duty, she did not name Wallace or give condolences to his family, who witnessed his death Monday.

?In America, we resolve conflicts through the courts and the justice system. We can never allow mob rule,? she said. ?The Trump administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all federal resources to end these riots.?

Wallace?s family has decried violence that occurred the past two nights in some parts of the city. Much of it is separate from the protests themselves, occuring later in the night and in neighborhoods across the city from the West Philadelphia epicenter of the recent demonstrations.

On Wednesday morning, businesses were cleaning up from overnight break-ins and thefts in Port Richmond, which is nearly 10 miles from the heart of the protests in response to Wallace?s death.