Gov. Wolf signs disaster emergency declaration follow weekend protest damage in major PA cities

Written by on June 1, 2020

Gov. Wolf signs disaster emergency declaration follow weekend protest damage in major PA cities

By Jen Rehill

June 1, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a disaster emergency declaration over the weekend to provide assistance to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg after protests escalated in those cities and resulted in some property destruction and arrests. 

In a news conference Sunday afternoon, Wolf expressed support for the protestors marching against racism and injustice, while urging participants to avoid violence and looting.

“If we’re not all free, if some of us are not free, if some of us don’t have a fair system of justice, if some of us don’t feel it’s working for us, then neither the system of justice or our democracy is working for any of us,” said Wolf.

The governor also expanded the activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or PEMA — and activated national guard members at the request of some municipalities. 

Officials said national guard members were activated to assist local police with routine law enforcement tasks, like traffic management, but not engage with protestors.


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