Officer Killed As Philadelphia Radicals Are Evicted
The August 8, 1978 shootout between MOVE and Philadelphia Police
Despite reaching an agreement with the city about vacating the property they were using as headquarters, MOVE backed out of their end of the deal. Police arrived at MOVE's headquarters early in the morning of August 8, 1978 with the intent of evicting them from the property and serving arrest warrants for several MOVE members. For about a full minute, a firefight raged between police and MOVE. Officer James Ramp was killed, and twelve policemen and firemen sustained injuries. MOVE claimed that they were not responsible for Officer Ramp's death, and immediately began protesting to free the nine members (the so-called "MOVE 9") who were arrested and imprisoned for Officer Ramp's murder. Mayor Frank Rizzo said that MOVE was "an uncivilized foe that we were forced to deal with with civilized rules."
New York Times
August 9, 1978
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