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Philly Gives Big Payday To Family Of Man Shot When He Lunged At Cops With Knife

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The City of Brotherly Love has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the family of mentally-ill man who was shot when he lunged at police with a knife despite the fact family members lied about what happened which sparked violent riots in the city.

The amount of the settlement has not been officially released but sources told WPVI that the payday for the family of 27-year-old Walter Wallace, Jr. would be about $2.5 million.

Attorney Shaka Johnson told reporters at a press conference that the settlement was “substantial” but said it was important to note that it also included an injunctive agreement that would change policing in Philadelphia.

Under the injunctive agreement, the city will change the Philadelphia Police Department’s policy to require all patrol officers to carry stun guns on duty, the Associated Press reported.

The city has announced it will spent $14 million to buy the equipment and train the officers.

“It was… a substantial monetary settlement that reflected the tragedy that took place, the city’s role and policy failures that contributed to his death,” Johnson said. “The financial settlement was never the family’s primary objective. They have from the beginning called for reforms to the police department.”

The incident began at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 26 when neighbors and Wallace’s family members began calling 911 and asking for police to respond to the 6100-block of Locust Street.

Audio recordings from dispatch showed that Wallace’s next door neighbor was the first to call and said the people next door were fighting and that someone had asked her to “call the cops right away.”

At the exact same time, Wallace’s sister called 911 and said “he’s over there hitting my mother and father” and that the police had already responded to the residence once but hadn’t done anything to stop him, according to the recordings.

His sister told the 911 operator that she didn’t think her brother was armed when they asked, but she warned them he had a history of violence.

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“No, but he’s on probation and everything. He got a case for being violent and everything. He got a whole record,” she told the dispatcher.

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