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Western Pa. council seeks mayor's removal over water cannon remarks

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 11, 2018 3:22 AM
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FILE PHOTO: A man runs to avoid a police water cannon during a rally outside the U.S. embassy in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

(Arnold) -- A city council in Fayette County 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.

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.

Peconi's Facebook account has since been deleted.

He has not responded to requests for comment.

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