Mayor Dwan Walker Calls For Pittsburgh Protesters To March In The Streets Of Aliquippa

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Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker was in Pittsburgh today participating in protests sparked by the death of an unarmed teen who was shot by police this week. Walker used the opportunity to urge protesters in Pittsburgh to march in the City of Aliquippa.

Antwon Rose, 17, was one of two passengers in a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in an earlier shooting. Rose was shot Tuesday night by an officer as he attempted to flee the car after it was stopped by police.

A photograph taken today by Kieran Mclean of The Pitt News shows Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker marching arm-in-arm with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto as part of ongoing protests in the city. Video taken by KDKA-TV shows Mayor Walker speaking to a crowd of protesters, urging them to come to Beaver County and march in Aliquippa.

“There’s a blessing at the end of this, there’s a blessing at this end of this, but don’t let it rest today,” Walker told the crowd. “Stand tall because you are needed now, you are wanted now, you are loved now. Not just today, but every day. I speak from the City of Aliquippa, Beaver County! I am asking for your love. I want a march in my city! Come see my city! Come see my county! We need it now. We need to stand in solidarity like a fist, you can not break a fist if it is closed, it’s closed, it’s closed, so please rally.”

It is not clear why Mayor Dwan Walker wants protests to occur in the City of Aliquippa.

“He has gone mad,” Councilman Matthew Mottes told BeaverCountian.com after seeing the video of Mayor Walker. “Why would he want chaos in Aliquippa? Our police department is understaffed at this time and we do not have the resources to deal with a protest. Though I believe in freedom of speech, this is not the right time for the Mayor to be calling for this to happen in our city.”

Councilman Mottes said Aliquippa police are working on emergency contingency plans in case Mayor Walker is successful at starting protests in the city.

The Aliquippa Police Department has seen turmoil in recent weeks, with Chief Donald Couch placed on paid administrative leave by City Council on June 6 — Councilman Mottes said publicly he has firsthand information Couch is the subject of investigation by state police. Assistant Chief Joe Perciavalle was named acting chief in Couch’s absence, but he was arrested less than two days later by Beaver County Detectives on charges he sent an obscene image to the underage daughter of Police Sgt. Kenneth Watkins. Watkins has also been on paid leave since May 16 due to ties he had with Rachael DelTondo, a school teacher who was murdered outside of her parents’ home in Aliquippa on May 13.

Mayor Walker is similarly the subject of ongoing public corruption investigations being conducted by Pennsylvania State Police and has refused requests by investigators to speak with them, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Aliquippa City Building was raided by state police in March, in what then state police Lieutenant Eric Hermick said was part of a probe by a Pennsylvania Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

Walker has not returned multiple requests for comment left by BeaverCountian.com over recent months about the ongoing investigations, and could not be reached today for comment about his call for a march in the city.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto with Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker / photo by Kieran Mclean provided courtesy The Pitt News
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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bobb
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bobb

It’s Summer! Maybe if you offer Dwan a swimsuit photo opt, he may respond.

Lifeguard
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Lifeguard

Just like a magician wants to distract you to look elsewhere, this idiot thinks this move will divert investigating eyes away from him and the rest of the corrupt powers that be in Aliquippa.

On second thought, maybe a good riot is what Aliquippa needs. Burning it to the ground and starting over could just be the answer there. I know, I know the damages could run into the tens of dollars, maybe even hit triple figures, but it would be a start in the right direction.

Luke
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Luke

We don’t want them to march here. Many innocent people’s lives will be ruined if the local businesses get looted.

G.A. Miller
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G.A. Miller

Who does he suggest they protest? Him?

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

His city has financial problems so he probably had to cancel the PD’s membership to the shooting range and wants to lure them to Aliqquippa to be used for target practice. This dude “leads” the city where cops shoot whoever they want without consequence and he’s protesting this very action in another town as if he’s afraid some other city will take the reputation away from his. It’s sort of like Kim Jong-Un going to Syria to protest human rights and asking all the protesters to come rally in his country.

The only riots that are going to happen in Quiptown will be when the taxpayers take to the streets to demand his resignation. Don’t worry, Mr. Mottes, there won’t be any looting… there’s nothing in Aliquippa worth burning down.

rick
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rick

This Mayor is a few fries short of a happy meal.

Wind
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Wind

That’s an understatement!!! A few fries short, more like a box of rocks!! Can de be anymore self-aggrandizing and ridiculous???

Truthful
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Truthful

He is protesting the FREE food, FREE housing, FREE healthcare, FREE transportation, and FREE cellphones…….

GrammaDubby
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GrammaDubby

The mayor wants this protest to be all about him. He wants to be the center of attention. Just like when he was with Tom Wolfe, it was about him not about the town of Aliquippa. There are more important things to deal with than have a protest in Aliquippa. The mayor won’t answer questions about anything but wants a protest in Aliquippa!!! Get your priorities straight Mr. Mayor. How about cooperating with officials. Aliquippa has a murder in this town that the parents need closure & you want a protest! It’s not just black lives matter, WHITE LIVES MATTER TO or did you forget about us?

Jospeh a masterson
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Jospeh a masterson

All of you people who are protesting are wrong what if the boy shot the cop? There were weapons found in the car as now becomes a very stressful situation you are no longer a police officer you are a human being in survival mode fear plays on you and can block your ability to make rational decisions. How would you reacted. You can’t answer this question. Officers do not go out wanting to kill a bad guys cops are humans too if this boy was at home instead of doing a drive by. He would have been alive today. And please when you get pulled over just cooperate please we Can says a lot of lives. BLUE LIVES MATTER

sezme
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sezme

this cop was a WHITE man, putting his life on the line, going after a bunch of BLACK kids who were involved in a shooting with OTHER BLACK kids. what if the police never even got involved in this? then you would hear ” they don’t give a damn about us !” As if any one would come forward and be a witness, lest they meet the same fate for being a snitch. solution? blacks need their own police force in their neighborhood. no this is not racist comment. blacks would respect and confide in their own.

CJD
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CJD

Just to clear this up. Zappala alreasy released a statement saying that there is no evidence that Rose was involved at this time. There were false reports of a video showing him shooting but that’s what they were- false. He said theu are waiting for test results and they will be released this coming week.

I’m not taking sides but it is important to clear up things like this.

Jackson4570
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Jackson4570

Zappala also said that it wasn’t a good idea to release the driver and it may be appropriate to charge him . Being in a car that has just carried out a drive by shooting and having a firearm component in possession involves him. I don’t want to live in a society where police are judge , jury and prosecution but in these crazy communities his actions whether they are proven to be justified or not may have saved lives. How many dead in the next drive by carried out by this bunch ??????????? If these were white on white shootings the white community would have complained that he didn’t shoot the other two.

A tragedy
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A tragedy

@CjD The news reported firearms in car. The car matched the description of an earlier drive by shooting! Something tells me this kid wasn’t as innocent as he’s being portrayed! We will see as more evidence comes out. Did he deserve to die? No! One thing, he’d be alive if he didn’t resist, if he didn’t run. Running from police is dangerous. Why run? Guilty? Afraid? Whatever the reason, teach your children not to run, not to resist!

sezme
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sezme

still want to know…has anyone in forensics done a gunpowder residue on this kids hands/clothes ? the car? ballistics on the guns and clips that were found??? who is holding out on this info? maybe this wholesome looking kid was indeed the shooter in that drive by…if he was, then all these protesters will have something to reckon with…were the hell is pa state police crime lab??? and just howdoes it take to run forensics?

AliCLippa
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AliCLippa

So tired of hearing about this deltondo mess .. let da bitch Rest In Peace she ain’t no better than any other person that got killed in Aliquippa.

ricimer
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ricimer

How would u feel if it was one of your loved ones murdered with six bullets pumped into there body on mothers day in your driveway?

A Tragedy
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A Tragedy

All murders, no matter who they are, no matter what color they are, need to be solved. In God’s eyes, we all the same. All of the families need closure. May they RIP

ricimer
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ricimer

OH yea ALICLippa ur a class act u should run for Mayor of Aliquippa.

VonMcFukkinCoy
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VonMcFukkinCoy

Damn skrippy!!! And a pedophile. And as for the article, don’t care where or who you grew up with, you crackers will never understand what the Mayor is talking about. You all look sooo foolish with those comments. Just ignorant af.

Bill
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Bill

VonMcFukkinCoy…real nice. Who are the real racists? Racism is taught and instilled in young black children by their families. You can call somebody a “cracker” all day but if someone calls you the “N-word” they’re racist and your little feelings get hurt. You and people like you (black or white) are the problem. Just wait until this investigation is over. You will see what a fine young black man the mayor is.

Vinnilaboop
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Vinnilaboop

vondel!! Babydoll!! Did you get that big toe nail fixed? Meet up wit chew again in the slam!

R S Miller
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R S Miller

Is this guy suffering from a mental illness or just a lack of sense? Why would an elected official want to burden his own city with the financial challenge these type of activities bring? This wind bag needs turned out of office. Nauseating conduct.

Sheldel6
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Sheldel6

Who in their right mind invites protesters to a town with no resources what so ever to handle a situation like such or handle it financially. Wow talk about talking before thinking.

sezme
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sezme

the bus does not run to franklin ave. any more…

Losers
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Losers

I agree, why should protesters come to ALIQUIPPA? To protest him? to protest corruption? To ask for his investigation? Dwaan and Peduto make a good pair. Two do nothing, low functioning liberals who need to resign from office! They are both an embarrassment. To think he wants to run our county? His town, ALIQUIPPA, ranks 8th in worst cities in PA!! (High crime, low income, poverty, no quality of life). Stay in your own town, stay away from our county!

Iswhatitis
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Iswhatitis

Maybe he want the protestors to come to quip town because he knows an innocent women was shot by police in his town.

ricimer
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ricimer

HE could care less

Jimbo
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Jimbo

Are you serious? He’s in charge of the most corrupt police force to date!!!