Mayor accused of calling for water cannons on protesters

The Associated Press

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.

Marchers raise their fists as they protest the shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh. Rose was fatally shot by a police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop June 19, in the suburb of East Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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.