Vivek Saxena, BizPacReview, August 15, 2109
A crowd of what appeared to be local residents allegedly harassed, taunted, and threw objects at Philadelphia Police Department officers Wednesday evening as they reportedly worked to resolve a standoff with a dangerous, armed suspect who’d already shot six officers.
The evidence is twofold.
Video footage shared to Twitter late Wednesday evening by an unverified account shows a crowd of unruly, disrespectful locals harassing officers allegedly outside of the apartment building where Maurice Hill, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of crime, was holed up.
Six officers were reportedly injured. What followed was an hours-long standoff during which locals harassed the officers, according to local journalist Alexandria Hoff.
“A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire,” she tweeted late Wednesday evening.
As of Thursday morning, both the video seen up top and the tweets by Hoff had received zero mainstream media attention. However, Hoff’s tweets had attracted the anger of left-wing activists (some of them alleged journalists) who felt that her tweets were racist.