Couple Gets Engaged After Proposal During Protests in West Philadelphia

A man got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend during anti-racism protests in West Philadelphia on October 27. The protests were sparked by the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

Jason Peters reported the couple, Maurice Small and Tanesha Pennington, were together for eight years before the mid-protest proposal.

A protest march from Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia attracted hundreds, who marched to the local police department calling for justice for Wallace Jr with chants including, “Say his name”.

Philadelphia Police have launched an investigation into the shooting. Local media citing officials reported the incident occurred on October 26, after officers responded to a domestic incident on the 6100 block of Locust Street and encountered a man with a knife.

The shooting sparked protests across the city, with looting also reported on the nights of October 26 and 27.

Police said 30 officers were injured in the protests, including a female officer whose leg was broken when she was struck by a vehicle. Credit: @JPeters2100 via Storyful