City: What Should We Do With Rizzo Statue? Make a Suggestion

In the last month, renewed calls for the removal of the controversial Frank Rizzo station have sparked protest and acts of vandalism. The city put out a portal to try and figure out what to do with the statue. NBC10's Aundrea Cline Thomas has the full story.

(Published Friday, Sept. 15, 2017)

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 following a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rizzo served as 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 devoted public servant who spoke his mind.

A number of rallies for and against the 10-foot tall bronze's removal have been held in the past week. It's also been randalized. The statue was egged and a man was arrested for spray-painting "black power" on it.

The statue stands outside the Municipal Services Building near 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

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

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