Organizers of a controversial rally that is scheduled to take place on Friday night say that 200 to 300 people are planning to attend. The rally is in support of 36-year-old Maurice Hill, the man who is accused of shooting six police officers who were attempting to serve a warrant. After an eight-hour standoff, Hill ultimately surrendered.
The standoff with officers took place on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. When officers attempted to serve a warrant, Hill barricaded himself inside of a home, trapping two police officers and three civilians inside, and opened fire on the law enforcement officers who were in the streets near the house.
SWAT officers were able to access the property and rescue the law enforcement and civilian hostages.
After approximately eight hours, Hill surrendered. He was uninjured during the incident and taken into custody, where he has remained.
The gunman managed to injure six officers during the standoff, including grazing one in the head. All of the officers’ injuries were non-life-threatening. After treatment on Wednesday, they were all released from the hospital.
Hill is waiting to be arraigned on numerous charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault, according to a report by CBS 3.
Richard Ross, the Philadelphia police commissioner, said that law enforcement also plans to attend the protest.
“Sadly, we do have to be there,” said Ross. “I don’t understand it. There’s certain marches I do understand; this is definitely not one of them.”
On Thursday, Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner said that Hill was a convicted felon with a long history of arrests, including some dating back to the early 2000s.
Hill’s arrest history, according to Krasner, include “a variety of gun charges,” burglary, robbery, escape, DUI, reckless endangerment, taunting a police animal, and “multiple charges for aggravated assault [and] for drugs.”
He also served a “lengthy” sentence in federal prison for weapons-related charges, Krasner stated, as well as served time on federal community supervision.
The investigation into the incident on Wednesday is still ongoing, and charges have yet to be filed.
“It is pretty obvious that there should be charges of attempted murder, it’s pretty obvious there should be charges of aggravated assault…pretty obvious that there’s some serious firearms charges – including the fact that he was a felon,” said Krasner, who also added that drugs were involved.
“There will be a lot of charges,” Krasner asserted. “These are more than enough charges so that Mr. Maurice Hill may never exit jail.”