A statue of Frank Rizzo, former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner, has been removed by the city after it was defaced with paint, set ablaze and adorned with rope as protesters attempted to remove it themselves, reports NPR.
The sculpture was taken away on a truck on Wednesday by the city of Philadelphia from its post in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall. Rizzo had a history of aggressively policing Black people and the LGBTQ community in the 60s and 70s and urging his constituents to “vote white.”
Statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, who urged Philly residents to always “vote white” and led a campaign of police brutality against minorities, is now finally gone!
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 3, 2020