Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has warned Donald Trump not to call supporters out as protests continue in the city over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.
“Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified ‘poll watchers’ out of our city, Mr. President,” writes district attorney Larry Krasner. “Break the law here, and I’ve got something for you.”
Philadelphia has a big job on its hands in counting the election, with as many as 350,000 mail-in ballots from the city, or more, to be counted inside the convention center downtown starting on the morning of election day.
The vote in Pennsylvania could be decided by the vote in Philadelphia, and the entire race in turn could come down to Pennsylvania. So the stakes are high.
Officials have advised that the vote-counting effort in the city, which processed only about 6,000 absentee ballots in 2016, will not be completed on election night and will likely take days.
There are concerns that Trump and his surrogates will attempt to somehow prevent Philadelphia from counting every vote, drawing Krasner’s warning.
The Guardian’s Miranda Bryant reports on the situation in Philadelphia, where there is an overnight curfew:
Protests continued in Philadelphia as more details emerged on Wednesday about the police killing of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr after his family had called for medical assistance when he was having a mental health crisis.
Civil rights campaigners fiercely questioned the way police departments handle people suffering a mental health problem, not just in relation to the shooting of Wallace but across the US.
After the killing, hundreds took to the streets of the Pennsylvania city chanting Wallace’s name and demanding racial justice and equality. On Tuesday, peaceful protests were followed by clashes with police and some vandalism. More than 90 people have been arrested and about 50 police officers were injured in confrontations with protesters and vandals, authorities say.
Protests continued on Wednesday evening, ahead of a 9pm curfew.
Relatives of Wallace on Wednesday called for calm.