Did I Make a Mistake? Yes

Philadelphia's mayor offers an apology for the Move disaster

It was a painful admission for the man who has been a bright star among the nation's black politicians, yet Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode swallowed hard last week and faced it straight on. In a return appearance before a commission of investigators that he had appointed to look into the police helicopter bombing of a radical, back-to-nature cult's row house last May, the mayor acknowledged some degree of culpability in the events that left eleven dead, 61 houses destroyed by fire and 250 people homeless. "Could [I] have made a better decision?" the mayor asked the commission. "The answer is yes....

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