Philadelphia Wants Public’s Opinion On Fate of Rizzo Statue

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is asking for the public’s help in deciding the fate of a statue of former mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo.Officials on Thursday announced they’re taking suggestions on what to do with the statue after calls to tear it down escalated following a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.Rizzo served as mayor from 1972 to 1980. Critics argue he reigned over a corrupt police department and used his power to alienate minorities. Supporters say he was a devoted public servant who spoke his mind.

Last week, the statue was egged and a man was arrested for spray-painting “black power” on it.

The statue stands outside the Municipal Services Building.

Mayor Jim Kenney has said it’s the “right time” for a conversation about the statue. 

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