Philadelphia's Frank Rizzo statue may return to supporters

May 22, 2024 242

BY: Mike D'Onofrio

The people who paid for the Frank L. Rizzo sculpture removed from Center City in 2020 say they're close to having it returned, pending settlement of a long-running lawsuit. The bronze monument of Philadelphia's former mayor and police commissioner remains a divisive symbol, and its removal was among the most visible changes sparked by racial justice protests following police's killing of George Floyd.

The city is poised to settle a state suit with the Frank L. Rizzo Monument Committee in the coming weeks, the group's attorney George Bochetto tells Axios. Once the deal is completed, Bochetto says the committee will retake possession of the 9-foot statue, currently in city storage. Bochetto added the city will pay an undisclosed amount of money to cover statue repairs.

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