Frank Rizzo as mayor in Say the name Frank Rizzo at any old-school dive bar in Philadelphia and you're liable to start a conversation. The former mayor and police commissioner who reigned through most of the 70s might be described as a "tough guy"—or maybe a "racist asshole. Immediately recognizable from his hulking figure and spiffy threads, Rizzo traded on white working-class fears of the city's rising violent crime rate, and made no bones about his penchant for cracking heads.
Was Frank Rizzo racist, or just a product of his time?
The Brutal Legacy of Frank Rizzo, the Most Notorious Cop in Philadelphia History - VICE
Frank Lazarro Rizzo October 23 , — July 16 , was an Italian American noted for his contributions to the fields of law enforcement and politics in the United States. He began his career as a patrolman with the Philadelphia Police Department PPD in , and rose through the ranks of the police department to eventually become Philadelphia Police Commissioner in Rizzo retired as Police Commissioner, and campaigned for Mayor of Philadelphia in , and was elected mayor in November. He was elected to a second term in November
The Brutal Legacy of Frank Rizzo, the Most Notorious Cop in Philadelphia History
In one corner, you have the ex-mayor of a major metropolitan city threatening a reporter to a street fight while accusing him of being an alcoholic. In the other is a clean-cut journalist who, though stunned by the barrage of insults, refuses to back down. Meyer radioed Rand to attempt to defuse the situation. Rand unlocked the van door, which was promptly thrown open.
Francis Lazarro Rizzo, Sr. October 23, — July 16, was an American police officer and politician. He served as Philadelphia police commissioner from to and mayor of Philadelphia from to Rizzo joined the Philadelphia Police Department in the s, rising through the ranks to become police commissioner in