The Time Philadelphia Bombed Itself


Produced for the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia, in this video retired Philadelphia police officer James Berghaier and Move member Ramona Africa describe the fatal confrontation between police and Move.


This week, Reihan Salam speaks with Jason Osder, the director and producer of “Let the Fire Burn,” a documentary that takes aim at the 1985 standoff between the Philadelphia Police and MOVE, a black radical anarcho-primitivist organization. The confrontation precipitated in the firing of over 10,000 rounds of ammunition and the unprecedented decision by the police to drop a bomb onto an American suburb, which resulted in the deaths of eleven MOVE members and the destruction of over 60 homes.



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