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16 Aug 2017

Mayor Kenney: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue

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August 16, 2017 Category: Local Posted by:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says the city should discuss the future of a statue of one of his predecessors after reports of possible vandalism and a call for its removal from a city councilwoman.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday that now is the “right time” for a conversation about the statue of Frank Rizzo, a former mayor and police commissioner who critics say reigned over the city when police brutality was the accepted norm.

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On Monday, Democratic Councilwoman Helen Gym said on Twitter that the statue should be removed.

Rizzo’s son responded by telling KYW-TV that his father was a fair person who treated people equally regardless of race.

Frank Rizzo served two terms as mayor as a Democrat before switching to the GOP. He died in 1991.

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