Saturday, May 16, 2015

30 years after MOVE bombing, questions remain - The Philadelphia Tribune: News

Thirty years ago the second violent confrontation between the city of Philadelphia and the back-to-nature group known as MOVE ended with five children and six adults dead. Activist Khabir Hadas said people should never forget what happened that day. He also said no city official involved was ever punished in a court of law.

“We will never, ever forget what happened that day,” Hadas said. “Today, some of the key individuals whom I believe are responsible for the horrific mass murders are living happy lives with their families. The assassins of the police department, Wilson Goode, Gregor Sambor, William Richmond, Leo Brooks and Ed Rendell, who was district attorney at the time, have yet to be charged, prosecuted, convicted and punished. Long live John Africa. Free the MOVE 9.”

Seven members of the group remain in prison, having been denied parole. Delbert Orr Africa, William Phillips Africa, Janet Hollaway Africa, Michael Davis Africa, Edward Goodman Africa, Janine Phillips Africa and Debbie Sims Africa and Charles Sims Africa. All were convicted in the fatal shooting of police officer James Ramp in Aug. 1978 and were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. Merle Africa died in prison in March 1998. Phil Africa died in prison in January of this year. Read the full story here:30 years after MOVE bombing, questions remain - The Philadelphia Tribune: News

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