Mayor Kenney: City of Philadelphia to accelerate plans to move Frank Rizzo statue

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
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Chopper 6 was overhead as the statue of former Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo was vandalized during protests on May 30, 2020.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Plans to move the statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo have been accelerated.

Mayor Jim Kenney said Sunday that the statue would be moved 'in a month or so.'

He made the announcement a day after the statue was vandalized amid violent protests in the city.

The statue has been repeatedly vandalized over the past several years, and promises to move it have been made for just as long.

Before Sunday, the most recent plan was to move it during the planned renovation of Thomas Paine Plaza.

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The Rizzo statue was sprayed with graffiti Saturday by protesters who also tried to topple it and set a fire at its base.

Rizzo, mayor from 1972 to 1980, was praised by supporters as tough on crime but accused by critics of discriminating against minorities.

The 10-foot-tall statue currently resides outside the city's Municipal Services Building.