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A social media influencer (Dayjia Blackwell) is among a growing number of people who have been arrested this week as looting around Philadelphia continued for a second night Wednesday in the aftermath of peaceful protests against a judge’s decision to dismiss all charges against a former Philadelphia police officer in a fatal traffic stop shooting
Blackwell, 21, is among the 52 people who were arrested for alleged involvement in widespread looting Tuesday night.
“She (Blackwell) is livestreaming as she is committing burglaries, as she is encouraging others to commit burglaries,” said Interim Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Stanford.
Blackwell faces several charges including criminal conspiracy, burglary, and criminal trespass, police said. She was released on bail Wednesday, court records show, and is due back in court on October 17.
Blackwell declined CNN’s request for comment Thursday morning.
The looting happened after peaceful protests ended following a judge’s decision to dismiss all charges against a former Philadelphia police officer, Mark Dial, in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry on August 14, authorities said.
Stanford said he believes the looters were “opportunists” who were not directly connected to the protests.
As the looting entered a second night despite the closure Wednesday of all liquor stores in Philadelphia, at least 14 people were arrested across the city. Most liquor stores are expected to reopen Thursday.