On the evening of May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped explosives onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE. The explosion started a fire that city officials allowed to burn in the believe that MOVE members would flee the spreading fire.
When the blaze was out, 61 homes were gone and 11 people, five of them children, were dead inside MOVE headquarters.
John Gilbride was shot last September amid a dispute with MOVE. The case is unsolved. Fran and Jack Gilbride are done keeping quiet. A decade ago, they raised no ruckus when they lost their son John for the first time, to MOVE, the radical West Philadelphia cult known for its violent tangles with the government – notably the 1985 armed standoff that ended with police bombing MOVE’s headquarters, the destruction of a city block, and the deaths of 11 people. A year ago, the Gilbrides were too shell-shocked to speak when they lost John for good after the man who
Courier Post, Sep. 21, 2002 http://www.courierpostonline.com/ By TOM LOUNSBERRY Courier-Post Staff Some wore black-and-orange T-shirts and shouted anti- government slogans over a bullhorn. They denounced Philadelphia and Cherry Hill as partners in a plot to deny the basic rights of MOVE, a radical, back-to-nature group. About 30 sympathizers of the
AP, Sep. 17, 2002 http://www.lasvegassun.com/ PHILADELPHIA- Members of the radical group MOVE have begun boarding up windows and fortifying their house, perhaps preparing to defy a court order over the custody of a child. The back-to-nature group and police have engaged in two deadly clashes in the past 25 years, including one in which police dropped a bomb on a MOVE house, starting a fire that spread through a neighborhood. The current conflict is the result of a Common Pleas Court order issued this summer that authorized visitation rights for the father of 6-year-old Zachary Africa, whose mother is a
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Eleven years after police dropped a bomb on a row house occupied by the anti-government group MOVE, a jury has ordered the city of Philadelphia and two former city officials to pay $1.5 million to a survivor and relatives of two members of the group who died in the subsequent fire. The jury found that the city, former Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and former Fire Commissioner William Richmond used excessive force and violated the MOVE members’ constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure in the May 13, 1985 incident. MOVE is a loose-knit, mostly black group whose
50 to 60 Other Houses in Area Burn 2 People Known to Have Survived Siege PHILADELPHIA, May 13-A state police helicopter this evening dropped a bomb on a house occupied by an armed group after a 24-hour siege involving gun battles. A 90 -minute shootout this morning came after a week of growing tension between the city and the group, known as Move. Residents in the western Philadelphia neighborhood had complained about the group for years. The only known survivors from within the house were a woman and a child. The fire spread to 50 to 60 other houses in