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Why did Philly police kill Walter Wallace Jr?

By Chief Lay and Chief Ali

Philadelphia, u.s.a. — Colonial pigs invaded an African neighborhood in Philadelphia and they executed a 27 year old African man, Walter Wallace Jr.

On the afternoon of October 26, 2020, pigs were allegedly called to the neighborhood over a domestic dispute. Predictably, pigs worsened the situation, and when Wallace started yelling at the pigs, instead of defusing the situation or anything else, the two pigs executed him, shooting a dozen bullets into him from a distance of at least 15 feet.

The pigs are a colonial force that only exists to subjugate African and colonized people, so the pigs were just doing their job which is to terrorize, exploit, and kill African and colonized people. This ensures white power can continue to extract wealth from our suffering.

The night of Wallace’s death, protests and uprisings across Philadelphia sprung up. Colonized people took reparations in the form of looting. Fighting between colonized people and the colonial pigs occurred throughout the night, and 30 people were arrested.

As people gathered around the site of the execution, they spoke the truth to the pigs.

“Not one Black cop was on the scene earlier,” one man said, remarking that the pigs had decided to leverage identity politics and place African and other neocolonial pigs at the scene.

“You a coward. You scared, that’s why you got all that” the unarmed people mocked at the pigs who had nothing but their shields and guns.

Pointing to the land question — the idea that colonization rests on theft and control of land by white power — one African woman stated, “if you can’t deal in the Black neighborhood, stay the fuck out of it!”

“Everybody hates pigs” one person stated, “they get a thrill off of this. Got nothing to say because you’re cowards.”

Truer words have never been spoken. Poor and working class colonized people know in their hearts that colonization rests on their oppression, and the pigs are the ones who enforce oppression.

Response from the colonizers

police badges displayed on a wall restaurant in philadelphia
Police badges displayed in Philadelphia – via Ken Lund

Some people think unions are the solution to exploitation in amerikkka, but the largest unions in this colonial state are police unions who exist to protect the economic interests of the white whipping class. One police union president, John McNesby defended Wallace’s colonial execution:

“Our police officers are being vilified this evening for doing their job and keeping the community safe, after being confronted by a man with a knife. We support and defend these officers, as they too are traumatized by being involved in a fatal shooting. We ask the public for its patience as investigators work to gather all the facts of this tragic incident in West Philadelphia today.”

The colonizer Philadelphia mayor, Jim Kkkenny had this to say,

“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. I have watched the video of this tragic incident and […] The Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit of PPD will conduct a full investigation. I look forward to a speedy and transparent resolution for the sake of Mr. Wallace, his family, the officers, and for Philadelphia.” 

Kkkenny is trying to convince y’all that the leadership of these pigs will be solved by the injustice system they created! What a slap in the face of us colonized people!

We know that this murder video, this colonial virus of mayors, pigs, and colonial judges prove that colonialism is the puppet behind the scenes of Philadelphia and in amerikkka. 

History of police murders and of revolution

mural of paul robeson on building side in philadelphia
Mural of Paul Robeson on building side in Philadelphia

The police murders have been going on since before the amerikkkan revolution, and the killings today are the continuation of chattel slavery and colonial genocide in Philadelphia and across amerikkka.

The onset of a new white whipping class of police have spent decades murdering African people for their resistance to colonialism. 

In 1871 an integrationist African organizer, Octavius Catto was assassinated during an election for getting people to vote after the civil war. The same pigs who killed Walter Wallace bombed the MOVE organization’s housing, and jailed and killed its African revolutionary members. Revolutionary artist and activist Paul Robeson also called Philadelphia home, and he dedicated his life toward organizing and mobilizing poor working class colonized people.

What can we do?

map of turtle island with indigenous flags and text saying Revolution

There is no way to demand respect as a colonized person under this slave system enforced by the pigs.

Without revolution, the only way colonized people can hope to improve their lives is to become sellouts who are submissive to white power. But no job, no protest, no chant, no vote can overturn the fact that regardless of your place in the economy, our nations are still being colonized and our people are still being killed!

We must take ourselves out of this white power dictatorship and create our own power, take back our land, and rebuild our nations! Black Hammer is building Hammer City, to overturn colonialism and live without rent or pigs.

Black Hammer isn’t reacting to these murders of our people in fear because history shows that when all poor & working class colonized people are organized, the pigs are the ones who fear us!

Without organization, there is no hope to win or to survive. While people are rightly taking to their streets to grieve in anger, remember that feeling and channel it toward strengthening yourself and your community through revolutionary organization.

We need to live for revolution and be ready to act when the time is right. Join Black Hammer and get organized in this militant anti-colonial revolutionary movement!

Rest in Power, Walter Wallace Jr.!

Black Power! 

Land Back!



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