'Black Power' Spray-Painted on Statue of Polarizing Philadelphia Mayor

Aug 19, 2017 1273

BY: Sara Smith, Dan Stamm and Brian X. McCrone

The bronze statue of Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia's polarizing former police commissioner and mayor, was defaced late Thursday with the words "Black Power" written in white spray paint. The vandal also wrote "The Black community should be their own police" on the steps of the Municipal Services Building on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City where the statue stands.

Vandalism of statue follows renewed calls for its removal in the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and national discussion over how to handle statues and monuments linked to racism and other emotionally charged issues. 

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SOURCE: http://www.nbcboston.com

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