Philadelphia wants public's opinion on fate of Rizzo statue

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 24, 2017 1:05 PM

Police officers stand near 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, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The statue was hit with raw eggs and surrounded with barricades. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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

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. 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.

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.

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