Lawmaker calls for acting Philadelphia police chief to resign over Rodney King shirt

Christine Coulter was named acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department following Richard Ross’s abrupt resignation.

A city council member is calling for the resignation of the Philadelphia police commissioner for having worn a T-shirt decades ago that critics say made light of a Los Angeles police beating.

Acting commissioner Christine Coulter said Tuesday she was "profoundly sorry" for the shirt reading, "L.A.P.D. We Treat You Like a King." Critics say that makes light of the 1991 beating of Rodney King. She has said she didn't link the shirt to King's beating.

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Councilwoman Cindy Bass said she wrote to Mayor Jim Kenney to say Coulter should "step down immediately" after a photo of Coulter wearing the shirt surfaced recently.

In a statement, Kenney said he didn't think a "bad decision" 25 years ago should outweigh decades of service by Coulter, who became interim commissioner following Richard Ross's resignation.