Philadelphia mayor: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 16, 2017 7:12 AM

Shown is a statue of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, who also served as the city's police commissioner, outside the Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- 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 says 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.

On Monday, Democratic Councilwoman Helen Gym called for the statue's removal on Twitter.

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

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

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