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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny on Tuesday said he couldn't wait to resign after two police officerswere shot dead at the celebration on July 4th. Looking back on the previous comment.
Kenny was talking to a reporter on Monday night when he suggested he was fed up with the increase in city gun violence. The latest round of shootouts occurred when the shot rang during Wawa Welcome to America at the July 4th Fireworks Festival at Ben Franklin Parkway.
Two police officerswere wounded with gunshot wounds, and attendees were seen running for their lives during the celebration. The officer was treated and released from the hospital.
"I don't enjoy Independence Day," the mayor said outside the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where officers were being treated. "I didn't enjoy theDemocratic National Convention.I didn't enjoy the NFL draft. I'm always waiting for something bad to happen. I'm happy when I'm not here, when I'm not the mayor, and when I can enjoy some things. "
A Philadelphia police officer is his I was shot with a bullet holding my head in my hat. Both officers were released from the hospital
On Tuesday, Kenny revealed his remarks saying he was frustrated at the time.
"I said I'm looking forward to being no longer the mayor," he said in a statement. "To be clear, I am the mayor of this wonderful city and I am very grateful to the people who chose to lead me."
"I am the safety of the inhabitants andI am deeply interested in the future of our city, so I was disappointed with how I communicated my emotions last night. I don't care about the Philadelphians, and it can't be far from the truth. "He added. "As I said many times, I woke up at night and the challenges facing the inhabitants of our city and what we can do to solve them and what else. I'm wondering if I can do it. There are many restless nights to become a mayor. I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep. "
Kenny's previous remarks came from some elected officials. Prompted criticism.
Philadelphia Councilor Derek Green urged the mayor to resign accordingly.
"We are all exhausted from the level of gun violence in our city," he writes. "But our city now needs someone with the passion and vision to move us forward. Please resign."
Mayor Rebecca Reinhardt also "Wow. This is the most irresponsible statement," he tweeted. "Our city needs leadership, not people who don't want to work. We have better value."
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