Democrat Mayor Proposes Hitting BLM Protesters With Water Cannons: Good Idea Or No?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on June 30, 2018

For several years the Black Lives (BLM) have wrecked race-baiting havoc on public streets and its unhinged supporters have caused upwards of tens of millions of damages. It seems even the Democrats are getting more than a little fed up with its leaders resist, resist, resist rhetoric. According to Breitbart, Democrat Mayor Karen Peconi of Arnold, Westmoreland County, Penn. Called for BLM “rioters to be destroyed by a water cannon.”

Finally, someone in authority has the good commonsense to let loose the tools that should be used to control these rhetoric-filled anarchists. In reality, why did it take so long for an elected official to take control back from this group’s game plan of organized chaos?

Mayor Peconi’s communication vehicle of choice was Facebook. She, apparently had, had enough and said, “posting this so the authorities everywhere sees this … bring the hoses.” Then, “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.”

The mayor is absolutely correct about her statement. How does one disperse rioters that are bent on destruction? You hose them out of the street and away from those that are not being disruptive. As she so artfully put it, “they don’t care about jobs for PGH … none of them work now.” That’s right, none of them work now and they don’t care about a 9-5 job either. So, what exactly are elected officials to do when hundreds if not thousands BLM rioters show up on their streets to cause injury and damage?

You meet these diabolical protesters’ riotous force with the force of legal authority. If that means turning loose the water cannons, then so be it. Sound simple. Well with BLM and its band of misguided, logically challenged leaders, the riotous ends justify their destructive means.

These protesters have demanded legal justice for the police shooting of unarmed black 17-year-old Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh. Rose was fleeing a traffic stop when he was allegedly shot by Officer Michael Rosfeld. That officer has now been charged with criminal homicide. Not satisfied with letting the legal system take its course in dealing with the accused police officer, protest leaders are attacking the mayor for her Facebook comments.

As the backlash to her justifiable comments mounted, the mayor issued an apology. Mayor Peconi wrote in a statement, “I love this community, I would do anything for the people here. I don’t take my position as Mayor lightly and deeply regret the comments I made on Facebook. It was never my intention to offend anyone, and for those who I offended I am sincerely sorry.”

Sorry does not seem to be cutting it with some in the city, including protester Melvyn Smith, who according to Breitbart said, “She says that she loves Arnold. If you love Arnold, you won’t do things to hurt it. You’ll do the things that will make it heal and feel better,” he said. “Her resignation is what would do that.”

Honestly, the mayor should have stuck to her guns. As for Melvyn Smith, if there is any rioting and destruction of property or physical harm to police and bystanders, send him the bill.

Image: Riot truck with water cannon used by Colombian police; Excerpted from: Blindajes – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.