NNN Reporters Newsroom Forum

NNN Reporters Newsroom Forum (http://www.nnnforum.com/forums/index.php)
-   RSS FEED (http://www.nnnforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=458)
-   -   ‘A Brutal Attack’: Several Philadelphia City Councilmembers Issue Apology On 35th Aniv. Of MOVE BOMB (http://www.nnnforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=342966)

The Bobster 05-10-2020 05:31 PM

Re: Remembering MOVE 20 Years Later
 
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...-the-guardian/

Ex-Mayor W. Wilson Goode Calls For Philadelphia Apology In 1985 MOVE Bombing As 35th Anniversary Approaches
By CBS3 Staff
May 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former Philadelphia mayor who led the city 3 1/2 decades ago when police dropped a bomb on a row house and caused an inferno that killed 11 people and destroyed more than 60 homes is calling for a formal apology from the city for the tragedy. Former mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. said in an op-ed Sunday in the British newspaper the Guardian “after 35 years it would be helpful for the healing of all involved, especially the victims of this terrible event.”

“Many in the city still feel the pain of that day,” he said. “I know I will always feel the pain.”

Goode, the city’s first black mayor, led Philadelphia in 1985 when the city clashed with members of MOVE, a radical, black back-to-nature group. It culminated in the bombing of MOVE headquarters, which engulfed a city block in flames. Five children were among the 11 people who died.

“There can never be an excuse for dropping an explosive from a helicopter on to a house with men, women and children inside and then letting the fire burn,” wrote Goode, who served from 1984 to 1992.

Goode said he “was not personally involved in all the decisions that resulted in 11 deaths :rolleyes:,” but took responsibility as chief executive of the city and issued what he called his fourth public apology. He said he was “ultimately responsible” for the actions of those he appointed “even though I knew nothing about their specific plan of action.”

William Richmond, fire commissioner at the time, said in 2010 that the fire which spread down the block was not extinguished immediately after the bomb because officials were worried that firefighters could face gunfire, and thought it would destroy a bunker and help get people out of the house. Goode said he ordered the fire to be put out, but Richmond said he never received such an order.

One of the survivors, Ramona Africa, alleged that police opened fire on MOVE members trying to flee the burning home.

MOVE members rejected the apology idea Sunday, characterizing it as an insincere ploy.

“No apology is going to bring back my baby or any of the children in that house or our brothers, husbands, sisters” or other victims, Sue Africa said.

In September 2018, Goode defended his legacy against shouting protesters as the city named a west Philadelphia street in his honor, saying he accepted responsibility but adding, “You will not define me by one day of my life. I am more than that.”

“Why shouldn’t he be judged on one day, especially since 11 people were murdered?” Sue Africa said Sunday.

Janine Africa, who was one of nine MOVE members sentenced to between 30 and 100 years in prison in the 1978 shooting death of Officer James Ramp, maintains her innocence but said she and other MOVE members were judged on alleged actions of one day.

“I did 41 years for one day, and they never proved I killed anyone,” she said. MOVE members have said they believe that Ramp was shot accidentally by another officer.

“They lied then, they’re lying now, and we know the apology is a lie,” she said.

The Bobster 05-13-2020 06:37 PM

Re: Remembering MOVE 20 Years Later
 
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...hat-killed-11/

‘A Brutal Attack’: Several Philadelphia City Councilmembers Issue Apology On 35th Anniversary Of MOVE Bombing That Killed 11
May 13, 2020 at 10:59 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Several Philadelphia city councilmembers are issuing an apology :mad: on the 35th anniversary of the MOVE bombing. On May 13, 1985, police dropped a bomb on a row house and caused an inferno that killed 11 people and destroyed more than 60 homes.

In 1985, the city clashed with members of MOVE, a radical, black back-to-nature group. It culminated in the bombing of MOVE headquarters, which engulfed a city block in flames. Five children were among the 11 people who died.

Philadelphia City Councilmembers Jamie Gauthier, Kendra Brooks, Helen Gym, Allan Domb, Isaiah Thomas, Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Mark Squilla, Curtis Jones, Jr., Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Kenyatta Johnson, and Cherelle Parker called the MOVE bombing “a brutal attack carried out by the City of Philadelphia on its own citizens.”

“We apologize for the decisions leading to the devastation of that day, and acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of the MOVE Bombing. As members of Council, we acknowledge the significant failures in communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution leading up to and following these tragic events,” the councilmembers said in a joint statement.

William Richmond, fire commissioner at the time, said in 2010 that the fire which spread down the block was not extinguished immediately after the bomb because officials were worried that firefighters could face gunfire, and thought it would destroy a bunker and help get people out of the house. Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. said he ordered the fire to be put out, but Richmond said he never received such an order.

One of the survivors, Ramona Africa, alleged that police opened fire on MOVE members trying to flee the burning home. :headbash:

Earlier this week, Goode called for a formal apology from the city for the tragedy. :mad:

“Many in the city still feel the pain of that day,” Goode wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian. “I know I will always feel the pain.”

Goode said he “was not personally involved in all the decisions that resulted in 11 deaths,” but took responsibility as chief executive of the city and issued what he called his fourth public apology. He said he was “ultimately responsible” for the actions of those he appointed “even though I knew nothing about their specific plan of action.”

The councilmembers plan to formalize the apology with a council resolution later this year.


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.