Acting Philadelphia police commissioner apologizes for 90s T-shirt mocking Rodney King beating
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Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter reportedly apologized this week after a photo surfaced of her wearing a T-shirt in the 1990s mocking the beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The photo, initially discovered by the Philadelphia Inquirer, depicts Coulter in a shirt reading “L.A.P.D.- We Treat You Like A King.” 


Coulter said that she did not consider the double meaning of “King” in the shirt’s message at the time but should have.

“I sincerely hope that a careless decision that I made over 25 years ago doesn't overshadow the work that I've done. I am profoundly sorry for the pain that the shirt and the picture has caused, not to me, but to the city and the communities that we serve," she said, according to local station ABC7.

Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass called for Coulter’s resignation Tuesday, saying she sent a letter to Mayor Jim Kenney (D) asking for the same.

"It is my opinion it is inconceivable that she was unaware the T-shirt reference of a widely publicized brutal beating of a citizen by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department," Bass said at a public hearing.

LAPD officers were recorded brutally beating King during a traffic stop in 1991, with damage including a broken right ankle and a fractured facial bone. The officers’ acquittal on assault charges led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.