Any legitimacy to the protest was destroyed by those bent on destruction. Realizing this, Walter Wallace, father of the man who was killed, made a plea for calm and an end to the violence.
“I don’t condone no violence tearing up the city, looting of the stores,” he told reporters. “I would feel like everybody having respect for my family and my son to stop this violence and chaos that’s going on in this city with people that have businesses.”
He asked people to stop the violence “to help my son and help my family.”
“That all I’m sending out is an SOS, to help, not to hurt and cause no chaos, violence, looting, firing,” Wallace Sr. continued. “I wasn’t brought up like this and I worked 33 years with the city, with the street department picking up trash to try to keep this city clean.”