Mayor accused of calling for water cannons on protesters
ARNOLD, Pa. – A Pennsylvania mayor is facing sharp criticism for comments she allegedly made on social media that suggested people protesting the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in Pittsburgh should be hit with water cannons.
Arnold Mayor Karen Peconi is accused of sharing a video on her personal Facebook page of water cannons being used on protesters elsewhere and writing comments such as “we need one of these” and “bring the hoses.”
Peconi’s posts came during ongoing protests of the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in East Pittsburgh June 19. Her Facebook account has since been deleted.
WTAE-TV reports Peconi denied making the posts Monday.
Multiple city council members condemned the posts, including Joseph Bia who said Peconi should resign.
Arnold is located about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.