December 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jordan Miles case not defining moment for Civil Rights Section, says U.S. Attorney Hickton

‘I hope our civil rights effort will not be judged by one case’ Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A year ago last week, the region’s new top federal prosecutor tasked a team of five attorneys with pursuing civil rights violations.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Council delays action on ‘stop-and-frisk’ bill

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Council, the city police department and community activists will have the next month to find common ground on a controversial police accountability bill that would require officers to file a report on every “stop-and-frisk” encounter with a pedestrian.

Feds will not prosecute police in Jordan Miles case

3 faced charges in alleged brutality against Jordan Miles Sadie Gurman and Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A Justice Department decision Wednesday not to charge three police officers with civil rights violations in the case of Jordan Miles brought relief for the accused and disillusionment for the Homewood teen whose name became inextricably linked with police […]

Community groups seek more information on police behavior

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The Pittsburgh police department must receive additional public scrutiny, city council was told Thursday, to avoid continued erosion of trust in the police in some of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Councilman Burgess pitches another round of police legislation

Bill Bidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Legislation proposed by Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess would require the police chief to issue an annual report outlining complaints and police incidents, and require officers to file a written report when they have to use excessive force or perform a strip search.

Community groups: Make Pittsburgh police more accountable

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review— Community groups today urged Pittsburgh City Council to continue its efforts to make city police officers more accountable to the people they serve.

Pittsburgh FOP Criticized For Comments

Andy Sheehan, KDKA—The Fraternal Order of Police says the Jordan Miles incident has made officers more apprehensive – less willing to arrest those carrying illegal guns.