Pennsylvania city seeks mayor’s removal over water cannon remarks

The Associated Press

ARNOLD, Pa. – A Pennsylvania city council has voted to ask the governor and state Senate to remove their mayor over comments she made on social media suggesting people protesting the police killing of an unarmed black teenager be hit with water cannons.

FILE - In this June 23, 2018, file photo, demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. march through the South Side section of Pittsburgh. The fatal police shooting of Rose as he fled during a traffic stop on June 19, 2018, is the first in the Pittsburgh area in the Black Lives Matter era, and it is galvanizing residents who say they’ve been frustrated for too long. (Michael M. Santiago/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

Arnold City Council approved the motion in a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, with Mayor Karen Peconi abstaining.

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.”

Her posts came during protests over the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. by a white police officer in East Pittsburgh. Her Facebook account has since been deleted.

Peconi has not responded to requests for comment.