Philadelphia wants public's opinion on fate of Rizzo statue

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Philadelphia wants public's opinion on fate of Rizzo statue. Monica Malpass reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on August 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia is asking for the public's help in deciding the fate of a statue of former mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo.

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Officials on Thursday announced they're taking suggestions on what to do with the statue after calls to tear it down escalated in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Karen Friedman reports on Philadelphia leaders reacting to Frank Rizzo's death on July 16, 1991.


Rizzo served as the city's 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 devout public servant who wasn't afraid to speak his mind.

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

Mayor Jim Kenney has said it's the "right time" for a conversation about the statue.

To submit your idea, visit Office of the Mayor's Website

Ideas can also be mailed or submitted in person to:

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Ideas for Rizzo's Future

City of Philadelphia
116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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