The MOVE Bombing: An Annotated Bibliographic Index.

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  • Source:
    Howard Law Journal, 1988/01/01, Vol: 31, p95
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    • Author:
      J. CLAY SMITH, JR.
    • Abstract:
      INTRODUCTION The 1985 bombing of a Philadelphia neighborhood by public officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania brought home the reality that the governance of our cities is not an easy job. What went wrong? What compelled city leaders and staff aides to conclude that the only way to smoke out the unwelcome neighbors, members of a group named MOVE on Osage Avenue, was by the use of a war-like bomb device dropped from a helicopter? The conflagration resulting from the bomb left eleven members of MOVE dead, five of whom were children. Nearby, seventy homes were destroyed and forty others damaged by the osmotic fire which left two-hundred and fifty citizens homeless. The nation was shocked by the decision to bomb the MOVE group. News of this action reached far corners of the world. The MOVE bombing urges, if not compels, students of law, government, psychology and social science to study the decision making process that lead up to the tragedy. The incident should not be shoved aside as an unfortunate episode in American life. More study is needed to determine why the risks were not assessed against the public duty to respond to the legitimate demands of the complaining neighbors of MOVE. The cost of the MOVE siege was expensive both in human life and public resources. The latest figure is that the property damage "is now in excess of $ 16.7 million." 1 The incident has and no doubt will be a political issue for some time. ...
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