Move bombing 1985 ... Philadelphia police bombed a black-owned house killing 6 adults and 5 children

Squire

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The fire destroyed 65 houses. The police fired 10,000 bullets before they bombed the house.

Firefighters were told by police not to intervene and let the houses burn.

White supremacists have done more damage than BLM ever could.

 

DreamRyderX

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I jhadn't heard of this one ... tragic
Yes, that event happened back in 1985. The above video was published back in 2015, & has been available since then.....I personally saw the original newscast back in the 1980's while living in NYC.

A tragic event, one of many in history, & most probably avoidable........Cest la vie....
 

Squire

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Why does the move bombing matter? Because it demonstrates the extent and degree of hate in the US administrative systems, law enforcement, judicial processes, and political system.

The US system is no different today than it was in 1985 and the police have even more weapons.

The deep state in the USA commits crimes against blacks every day.

Philadelphia police shot 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the Move house.

"Every reporter present knows that within hours of that press conference, the police department issued a written press release giving a completely revised statement of how the cop met his death. That makes sense when you consider that the cop was most likely the victim of friendly fire, for the MOVE house had become a shooting gallery, with police expending literally hundreds of rounds during the raid. Moreover, when’s the last time you’ve seen a crime scene destroyed before nightfall, within hours of the shooting?"

https://onamove.com/bombing-black-people-the-philadelphia-polices-war-on-move/

Incredibly, it’s been almost 30 years – 30 years! – since 9 MOVE men and women were unjustly consigned to prisons across Pennsylvania. Although known as the MOVE 9, there really are seven survivors of the August 8th, 1978 police assault on MOVE’s West Philadelphia home and headquarters. They are: Janine Africa, Mike Africa, Debbie Africa, Janet Africa, Eddie Africa, Chuck Africa and Delbert Africa. The late Merle Africa died at the women’s prison in Muncy, PA (near Williamsport, PA) under quite mysterious circumstances. Phil Africa passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA.

All 9 MOVE men and women were convicted in one of the longest (and most contentious) trials in city history, on dubious charges of 3rd degree murder of a city cop engaged in the raid on their home, and related charges. Even if all the charges were true (and they most certainly are not), the sentence 30 to 100 years can only be termed grossly excessive. At the time of trial, 3rd degree carried a sentence of 71/2 to 15 years –so essentially the MOVE people got more than double, and indeed, quadruple the maximum of what the statute provided. Indeed, the woman got the same sentences as the men, even though none of them faced weapons charges! There’s little real doubt that they’re in prison today because they’re MOVE members. Today, 30 years later, they should be entitled to their freedom–and they would be, but for the concerted campaign of cops and local media to keep them imprisoned for a century.

MOVE members continue to fight for their imprisoned brothers and sisters, and they ask that you join that struggle by supporting their parole demands. On the web, contact: onamovellja@aol.com for more information or see http://onamove.com. Or write the MOVE Organization, P.O. Box 19709, Philadelphia, PA, 19143. As many of you know, I covered the press conference of August 8th, 1978.

Every reporter present knows that within hours of that press conference, the police department issued a written press release giving a completely revised statement of how the cop met his death. That makes sense when you consider that the cop was most likely the victim of friendly fire, for the MOVE house had become a shooting gallery, with police expending literally hundreds of rounds during the raid. Moreover, when’s the last time you’ve seen a crime scene destroyed before nightfall, within hours of the shooting? It happened here. I also covered the trial, a parade of legalized injustice if ever there was one. Indeed, days after the trial, Judge Edwin S. Malmed took to the airwaves to defend his unjust rulings. On a radio talk show on WWDB-FM, I phoned him and asked him if he knew who killed the cop. He replied, live on air, “I haven’t the faintest idea.” Yet, this guy sent 9 people to prison for 30-to-100 years!
– by Mumia Abu-Jamal from a May 9 2010 radio essay ...
 

DreamRyderX

Active member
Why does the move bombing matter? Because it demonstrates the extent and degree of hate in the US administrative systems, law enforcement, judicial processes, and political system.

The US system is no different today than it was in 1985 and the police have even more weapons.

The deep state in the USA commits crimes against blacks every day.

Philadelphia police shot 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the Move house.

"Every reporter present knows that within hours of that press conference, the police department issued a written press release giving a completely revised statement of how the cop met his death. That makes sense when you consider that the cop was most likely the victim of friendly fire, for the MOVE house had become a shooting gallery, with police expending literally hundreds of rounds during the raid. Moreover, when’s the last time you’ve seen a crime scene destroyed before nightfall, within hours of the shooting?"

https://onamove.com/bombing-black-people-the-philadelphia-polices-war-on-move/
 

johnsmith

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It's obvious you don't give a damn dreamrider ... as long as it's blacks that are the victims who cares, right?
 

DreamRyderX

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It's obvious you don't give a damn dreamrider ... as long as it's blacks that are the victims who cares, right?

Source: WIKIPEDIA
..........MOVE is particularly known for two major conflicts with the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD). In 1978, a standoff resulted in the death of one police officer and injuries to sixteen officers and firefighters. Nine members were convicted of killing the officer and received life sentences. In 1985, another firefight ended when a police helicopter dropped a bomb onto the roof of the MOVE compound, a townhouse that was previously located at 6221 Osage Avenue.[2][3].........

.........In 1981, MOVE relocated to a row house at 6221 Osage Avenue in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia. Neighbors complained to the city for years about trash around their building, confrontations with neighbors, and bullhorn announcements of sometimes obscene political messages by MOVE members.[30][31]

The police obtained arrest warrants in 1985 charging four MOVE occupants with crimes including parole violations, contempt of court, illegal possession of firearms, and making terrorist threats.[4] Mayor Wilson Goode (Philadelphia's first African American mayor) and police commissioner Gregore J. Sambor classified MOVE as a terrorist organization.[32] Police evacuated residents of the area from the neighborhood prior to their action. Residents were told that they would be able to return to their homes after a twenty-four hour period.[15]

On Monday, May 13, 1985, nearly five hundred police officers, along with city manager Leo Brooks, arrived in force and attempted to clear the building and execute the arrest warrants.[15][32] Nearby houses were evacuated.[3] Water and electricity were shut off in order to force MOVE members out of the house. Commissioner Sambor read a long speech addressed to MOVE members that started with, "Attention MOVE: This is America. You have to abide by the laws of the United States." When the MOVE members did not respond, the police decided to forcibly remove the thirteen members from the house,[15] which consisted of eight adults and six children.

There was an armed standoff with police,[6] who lobbed tear gas canisters at the building. The MOVE members fired at them, and a 90-minute gunfight ensued, in which one officer was bruised in the back by gunfire.[33] Police used more than ten thousand rounds of ammunition before Commissioner Sambor ordered that the compound be bombed.[33] From a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter, Philadelphia Police Department Lt. Frank Powell proceeded to drop two one-pound bombs (which the police referred to as "entry devices"[32]) made of FBI-supplied Tovex, a dynamite substitute, targeting a cubicle on the roof of the house.[30] The ensuing fire killed eleven of the people in the house (John Africa, five other adults, and five children aged 7 to 13). The fire spread and eventually destroyed approximately sixty-five nearby houses. Although firefighters had earlier drenched the building prior to the bombing, after the fire broke out, officials said they feared that MOVE would shoot at the firefighters, so held them back.[30][33][34].......
The unfortunate incident could have been easily avoided, unfortunately MOVE refused to peacefully cooperate with law enforcement, & the incident & eventual outcome rests squarely on MOVE.

None of those killed during this unfortunate incident deserved to die that day, but as I said before....the entire incident & outcome rests squarely on the actions of MOVE.......period.




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Squire

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There is no way to peacefully cooperate with US law enforcement when the police are acting unlawfully murdering, detaining, and arresting innocent blacks.
 
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