The statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo across from City Hall has been vandalized again.
Police are investigating after the word fascist was found painted overnight on the suit jacket of the 2,000-pound, 10-foot-tall bronze statue outside the Municipal Services Building. A sticker with the logo of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s AO1 foundation also was placed in the hand of the statue’s upraised arm.
Workers removed the paint and the sticker Monday morning.
After learning of the incident, the faith-based AO1 Foundation issued a statement saying it did not “condone any acts of vandalism.”
The statue has been a flash point in the city’s racial politics for many years. Opponents say it represents an era in which a tough-talking, law-and-order mayor discriminated against minorities and gays. Supporters have argued that Rizzo was tough on law-and-order issues, but not a racist.