The statue of Frank Rizzo, a former Philadelphia mayor long associated with police brutality, has been taken down.
Workers arrived with a crane to remove the 10 feet tall statue outside the Municipal Services Building near City Hall this morning.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said on Twitter after the statue was removed,
“The statue represented bigotry, hatred, and oppression for too many people, for too long. It is finally gone.”
The city said that the statue, installed just 20 years ago, will be placed in secure storage,
“until a plan is developed to donate, relocate, or otherwise dispose of it.”
Kenney had been facing calls to remove the statue for years and those calls intensified as protests over the death of George Floyd spread to more than 100 cities across the country, including Philadelphia.
The statute was defaced during demonstrations on Saturday, and many were offended that it was cleaned first thing the following morning.
In a news conference on Sunday, Kenney insisted there was nothing political behind the decision to clean the statute, adding
“it got cleaned with everything else that got cleaned.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Kenney said the city had
“prioritized efficiency over full recognition of what this statue represented to Black Philadelphians and members of other marginalized communities.
I can’t wait to see it go away… I never liked it.”
The statue represented bigotry, hatred, and oppression for too many people, for too long. It is finally gone. pic.twitter.com/30f2Skpqog— Jim #StayHomePHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) June 3, 2020
Cranes on scene now at the MSB in preparation to take down the statue of Former Mayor Frank Rizzo. @PhillyMayor promised an accelerated removal of the monument after it became a flashpoint for multiple #phillyprotest rallies this week. #philly #protests2020 @CBSPhilly @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/sJv513UDMi— manuelsmith (@manuelsmith) June 3, 2020