CNN- Karen Peconi, the mayor of Arnold, Pennsylvania, is apologizing for posting Facebook images urging police to “bring the hoses” and blast protestors with water cannons.
Her posts surfaced Monday along with a 1963 image of water cannons being used against demonstrators in Alabama.
“I’m posting this so the authorities everywhere sees this … bring the hoses,” Peconi wrote. “They don’t care about jobs for PGH … none of them work now. That’s how they can do this at 7 a.m. Very sad.”
Protesters have taken to the streets o demand justice in last week’s killing of unarmed African-American teen Antwon Rose by a white policeman in East Pittsburgh.
Prosecutors charged Officer Michael Rosfeld with criminal homicide in the death of Rose, who was shot several times as he tried to flee after a traffic stop on June 19th.
The 17-year-old was a passenger in the car suspected in an earlier shooting but did not appear to be the shooter. Investigators found two guns under the passenger seat.
During the protests in May 1963, police in Birmingham used high-powered hoses and dogs to stop black protesters who were demanding equal rights.