Beaver County Times Reporter JD Prose said he was told to leave the scene of a shooting yesterday by Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker, even though other bystanders were allowed to remain at the location.

Prose made posts to Twitter yesterday afternoon about a shooting that took place outside of 136 Third Ave in Aliquippa. “Man shot in Aliquippa. I’m heading there now” he wrote.

A short time later, Prose tweeted about an encounter he had at the scene with Mayor Walker. “Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker yelling at me to leave the shooting scene then walked up to me saying, “You tough?” […] Aliquippa cop then told me to leave b/c mayor wanted me to as if that matters. Talked to officer in charge briefly and left.”

Former independent candidate for Commissioner Jack Manning asked Prose about the incident, tweeting “WTH is that all about?” Prose replied “Apparently, Dwan is unhappy w/our coverage of Aliquippa. He was ranting about us ignoring positive events.”

Mayor Dwan Walker also responded to Manning on Twitter, writing he was upset the Beaver County Times failed to provide coverage of him throwing the first pitch at a Pirates game.

The Times has covered Mayor Dwan Walker extensively, publishing articles about him with titles including “One Aliquippa slate surprises incumbents”, “First black mayor vows to bring change to Aliquippa”, and “Walker receives Jefferson Award for Public Service.”

Mayor Walker tweeted an apology to Prose, writing simply “sorry about the rant.”

Courts have repeatedly ruled it unconstitutional for government officials to bar the press from locations otherwise open to the general public.

Update 7/9/2012 6:30am – Mayor Walker has responded to this article by sending the following series of tweets to the Beaver Countian:

Dwan B. Walker
first shall be last and last shall be first

Dwan B. Walker
this to shall pass

Dwan B. Walker
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. (Proverbs 22:4 KJV)

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Justice 4 all

This is what happens when you have the wrong people running Cities and Boroughs, and they think there above the law!

renee veney surgest
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renee veney surgest

this is what happens when u talk horrifically about a certain race of people, responsible journalism is a waste with the man, i used to live in quip and it bothers me when i read the beaver county times, how racist, ignorant and unprofessional they are

writertracy
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writertracy

Can’t do no worse than those already having run our resources in the ground. at least of the people by the people might like the people and try somethng different–like protect the people, the best they can. write on!

CFDC
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CFDC

gee Tim–why don’t you just say how you feel

Paul O. Corak
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Paul O. Corak

he will learn control, but the man has his hands full trying to stop the the senseless violence in his beloved Aliquippa.

Tim Heyman
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Tim Heyman

Beaver County Times is the most worthless paper I’ve ever known, Prose is part of that.

writertracy
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writertracy

you got that right. Beaver County times has a mindset that needs readjusting, from kneejerk racism to fact finding before hand. getting facts straight, stories that make sense require common sense, very little written straying from the norm–good guys in white, bad guys in black. Black is classical and goes with everything can’t be all that bad–unless written up in BC Times written by Prose at B Countian?

Kevin Hupe
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Kevin Hupe

Maybe it was because prose is a worthless, politicizing prick.

writertracy
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writertracy

political enties need to google: how trying to control everything will make you loose control. got to get a grip on yourself before you can grasp control everybody else–all these inappropriate impulses instead of kind acts–BC political entity altruism has to extend to more than just themselves