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City seeks mayor's removal over water cannon remarks

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data. The social media giant said in a blog post Monday, May 14, 2018, that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform policies in 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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.

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.

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