Friday, January 26, 2007

an '05 USA TODAY article on the '85 police bombing & killing of 11 Philadelphians

someone (perhaps Spike Lee or the next "Spike Lee"?) should make a movie about Philadelphia police bombing the MOVE house in '85 & killing 11 people, including children (of course the movie should show how things got to that point & the aftermath, some background can be found in this Wikipedia article). regardless of what MOVE members may have done to get the police & the local government to act against them (which do not include military style lethal assaults on people by MOVE members, as far as I know), getting shot at & bombed & killed by government employees that citizens pay to protect & serve the community must have sucked majorly. here is the link to an '05 USA TODAY article on the matter, 20 years later. here is a segment from the article: "Twenty years ago this Friday, city police dropped a bomb on this block and let it burn. Five children and six adults, members of a small radical collective called MOVE, died; 61 homes in a middle-class neighborhood were destroyed. As the nation watched, Philadelphia became the city that bombed its own people."

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