Another major American city was plunged into a state of violence and unrest on Tuesday after the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. at the hands of the police on Monday. Nearly a dozen individuals were shot on Tuesday night as the city exploded in protests and riots, and the chaos shows no signs of slowing.
White House communications director Alyssa Farah told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that the White House has made emergency preparations to respond to the situation and initiate an intervention if necessary.
“We’re monitoring the situation closely,” Farah said. “If necessary, we’ll be standing by and prepared to deploy federal resources.”
“I want to make one thing clear: President Trump will not tolerate any violence directed at America’s law enforcement,” Farah continued. “And, look, the actual case, we’re going to let the facts play out, let the investigation play out, but we will not tolerate lawlessness in our streets.”
The White House spokesperson said that Trump will defer to the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security as to whether they will wait for local law enforcement agencies to request help.
In cities such as Portland and Seattle, local leaders publically repudiated President Trump’s offers to help quell the violence. Philadelphia is Democrat-run and thus unlikely to cooperate with the Trump administration.
Philly Mayor Jim Kenney (D) called Wallace’s death “heartwrenching” and said that the incident presents “difficult questions that must be answered” on Tuesday, and said that he would dedicate his week to meeting with community leaders to “advance our reform agenda” to address issues of systemic racism within the city.
Kenney extended his “best wishes” to police officers injured in the riots, but only warned that protesters “outraged” by Monday’s events should “ensure that our communities are not further hurt.” Kenney did not directly condemn the violence that wounded nearly a dozen — including a 15-year-old girl — and resulted in millions of dollars in property damage.
Farah had a much stronger message for rioters: “This president has made clear before, whether it was in Seattle, or Portland or others, we’re prepared to deploy federal law enforcement if necessary. So I’m sure those conversations are ongoing now. We won’t tolerate unrest in our streets, and we certainly will not tolerate violence against law enforcement.”