The Philadelphia City Council has voted to formally apologize for a police bombing that devastated a black neighborhood more than 35 years ago, leaving 11 people dead, destroying 61 homes, and displacing hundreds of residents.
According to The New York Times, the city’s police force used a helicopter to drop “an improvised bomb” onto a rowhouse occupied by a revolutionary, black liberation group on May 13, 1985, resulting in the deaths of six adults and five children.
Thursday’s resolution says that the decisions made by municipal leaders at the time “failed to use the best judgment and strategies” and contributed to a culture of distrust between black people and law enforcement that is still prevalent. Its passage establishes “an annual day of observation, reflection and recommitment” on the anniversary of the incident “in the spirit of moving forward, reconciliation, justice, and harmony for all people in the City of Philadelphia.”
The resolution, approved on Thursday, marked the first