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Walter Wallace had violent past, was newlywed about to have child

Walter Wallace, the mentally ill Philadelphia man whose death sparked riots in cities across the US, had a long history of violent run-ins with the law — and was a newlywed about to have his ninth child, according to reports.

The 27-year-old aspiring rapper, who was shot dead by police in front of his family Monday after refusing to put down a knife, had only just got married this month, his family told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Already a dad to eight kids, his new wife — one of those who told cops that Wallace had bipolar disorder — is expecting his latest child as soon as this week, the paper said.

The others are “all school-aged children” who now “have to grow up knowing that the police officers killed [their] father,” one of Wallace’s cousins, Anthony Fitzhugh, told NBC Philadelphia.

Wallace’s family members, including his father, who witnessed the shooting are “never going to be the same again,” Fitzhugh said. “They actually sat and watched their son literally get murdered,” he told NBC.

Police had been called to his home dozens of times in recent months, including twice Monday before they returned a third time when he was shot, sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Since May, police had received 31 calls about the address — including reports of someone with a weapon as well as assaults, sources told the paper.

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Wallace had also been in and out of court for nearly a decade, with convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery, the paper said.

He had been arrested in March after he allegedly threatened his child’s mother over the phone, saying “I’ll shoot you and that house up,” NBC said.

In 2019, he was charged with resisting arrest by “kicking the windows and door panels of a police patrol car.”

In 2016, during a robbery, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck and held what she believed to be a gun to her head, NBC said, citing court records. He was sentenced to 11-23 months behind bars, WPVI said.

His mother had a protective order against him in 2013 which he allegedly violated when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” her, the reports said, again citing court records.

That same year, he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face, WPVI said. That same year, a judge also ordered a psychiatric evaluation along with mental health treatment, the reports said.

The aspiring rapper’s music also heavily featured guns and rhymes about shooting people, including police, the station noted.

Philadelphia’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said the investigation into his police shooting would look into if any of the officers had previous run-ins with Wallace.

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Protesters face off with police during a demonstration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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“There are several questions that need to be answered… including what the officers knew when they responded, what was put out by radio and how any previous contact with Mr. Wallace factored into yesterday,” Outlaw said at a press briefing.

The officers who responded to Monday’s deadly call were not armed with Tasers, Outlaw revealed.

District Attorney Larry Krasner told the Inquirer that his office was in the early stages of determining whether Wallace’s death would merit charges.

“We are not out to cover for anybody … We are not out to get anybody,” Krasner said.

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