Philadelphia Provisional Police Commissioner Christine Coulter apologized for wearing a T-shirt that jokes about the infamous Rodney King spanking in 1991.
Coulter appeared on Tuesday after a photo in front of the Philadelphia City Council of her from the 1990s was released last month. The photo showed the then 30-year-old Coulter in a shirt with the words "LAPD We Treat You Like a King" police.
"It's clear that it was a bad decision for me and I would not wear this shirt today," Coulter told the city council. "Of course I should have known when I look at the past week and the injuries and injuries caused by people I care about."
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass responded to Coulter's apology with a call for the provisional police chief's resignation.
"I do not believe that incumbent Commissioner Christine M. Coulter can effectively manage the external relations that are needed to address the urgent police-community tensions that each commissar demands," Bass said to the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney.
When the photo appeared last month, Coulter said she did not know what the shirt was about, and that she thought the shirt contained a general reference to the LAPD. The photo was taken at a gathering of police officers on the Jersey coast.
Kenney's office has continued to support Coulter. The mayor accepted Coulter's explanation for the jersey and realized that the slogan of the jersey is offensive to many.
The photo appeared shortly after Coulter was appointed head of the Philadelphia Police Department, the first woman to hold the position. Coulter was promoted after former police chief Richard Ross abruptly resigned on August 20th.