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Shortly before the curfew was set to go into effect on Monday evening in Philadelphia hundreds of protesters made their way onto the Vine Street Expressway. The crowd put a stop to rush hour traffic and shut down the Ben Franklin bridge leading from Philadelphia to New Jersey.
Police utilized non lethal bullets and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
“Today’s deployment of tear gas was a means to safely diffuse a volatile and dangerous situation, and restore order, when it became increasingly clear that other measures were ineffective in accomplishing that necessary objective. We will continue to evaluate the propriety of all applications of force, and make determinations as the circumstances of each unique situation dictate,”
– Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
Police arrested more than two dozen people. In an effort to create order the National Guard has been stationed at various buildings downtown including City Hall.
Protesters eventually made their way to the Police Department Head quarters where members of the National Guard stood on the steps along with other police officers.
Shortly before the curfew was about to go in effect more than half of the police officers along with members of the National Guard took a knee as a sign to protesters of their support.