Four Philadelphia City Council members called Saturday for police to stop using tear gas and rubber bullets.
“As policymakers who help craft and approve the police department budget, we ask that the city and the police department prohibit the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray and other weaponry during today and future demonstrations,” Councilmembers Kendra Brooks, Jamie Gauthier, Helen Gym, and Isaiah Thomas said in a joint statement.
The statement, issued shortly before a large protest began Saturday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, said instances of police using those tactics in the last week have been appalling and unnecessary.
“This brutality has brought shame to Philadelphia and thrust us into the national news cycle for the world to see,” they said. “It is unacceptable.”
A spokesperson for Mayor Jim Kenney declined to comment Saturday afternoon.