A statue of former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo was slapped with graffiti spray paint with the words “Black Power” last Thursday night (August 17) in the wake of a demonstration in reaction to the Charlottesville incidents. One suspect from the region was arrested and is currently being held by police.
The vandalism came during an unguarded moment. On Wednesday morning, the statue was egged and, for much of the time afterward, was guarded by police, including during a “Philly is Charlottesville” demonstration later Wednesday that drew Black Lives Matter activists to the site at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
At 11:06 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a radio call for “vandalism in progress” in front of the Municipal Services Building. In addition to spray-painting the Rizzo statue, someone had written the words “The Black community should be their own Police” on the steps of the building. The suspect then walked to a parked 2005 Toyota station wagon and entered on the driver’s side before leaving the area, police said.
The 40-year-old male suspect from Germantown has been charged with criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, and possession of an instrument of crime. The identity of the suspect has been withheld by police.
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