Mayor Kenney commends Philadelphia police on DNC work

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says he knows his city pulled off the Democratic National Convention virtually without a hitch. The Democratic nominee told him so Friday morning as she headed into a rally at Temple University.

"Secretary Clinton came through the hallway, and she passed by everybody else, and she walked over to me and she gave me this huge bear hug, and she whispered in my ear, 'this city is fabulous,' " said Kenney.

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Philadelphia police got good grades for handling protesters. There were no arrests. Roughly 100 $50 citations were handed out instead.

The mayor saluted the entire city workforce and the Salvation Army, which helped distribute 140,000 bottles of water to police, emergency personnel and to the protesters.

Eleven protesters are face federal charges, but again no arrests of protesters by Philadelphia's finest.


"We had zero arrests, and I can't state that enough, there are 100 people this week who in previous years would've had a criminal record that do not because of our officers," said Kenney.

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The mayor says the Tony Center City restaurants did well with late-night parties and meals.

As for places like the Reading Terminal, a slightly better week than normal because a lot of local folks stayed away.

"The locals that normally come down during the week, they stayed away. They were scared by the fact there would be riots in the city or the protesters would get out of hand," said stave Safern, Hershel's Deli, "At the end of the day, protesters were great, the city handled it amazingly."
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