During a press conference today, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw talked about what went wrong last night. She said they had no idea that 1,000 people would be swarming the Port Richmond area:
Outlaw, the police commissioner, acknowledged Wednesday that the city had been caught off guard by the scale of the rioting and by the location. Much of Tuesday night’s looting took place at big-box stores in the city’s Port Richmond section, an area that she said had not been on the department’s radar as a potential target. She said as many as 1,000 people were involved, having converged on the site after likely receiving word via a group text.
“We had zero information to warn us of this,” Outlaw said.
After two nights of rioting and looting, Mayor Jim Kenney has announced a curfew will be in effect tonight in Philadelphia: