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Pittsburgh mayor sorry for shouting at police during protest

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has apologized for publicly yelling at a police commander after smoke was used to control protesters during an anti-Donald Trump march Wednesday night.

Peduto says he acted "unprofessionally" when he yelled at the commander and officers. Peduto says he thought the use of smoke and riot gear was unnecessary because he says the group was just exercising its right of free expression.

Police union president Robert Swartzwelder says officers were in regular uniform, but others in riot gear moved in and used smoke after protesters threw rocks and wouldn't disperse, causing officers to fear the group might block access to a hospital.

Swartzwelder says the mayor's comments egged on the protesters and confused officers. Peduto says he should have pulled the police commander aside with his concerns.

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