November 23, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City police must divulge more details about cases

Council measure stems from teen’s 2010 encounter Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—After 18 months of debate, including one meeting at which the police union president performed a pat-down on the city’s top legislator, Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring the police department to share more information about stop-and-frisk encounters and other hot-button […]

Preliminary vote on Police Reporting & Accountability Bill on Wed, Oct 5th, 2011

WE NEED YOU NOW: A COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION!!! The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), the Black & White Reunion, the Alliance for Police Accountability (APA) and the ACLU call upon all of our religious and community leaders, and interested citizens to be present in City Council Chambers on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011 at 10 […]

Video: Press Conference on Police Reporting & Accountability Bill, Pittsburgh City Council

Police Vehicles To See Microphones, Cameras In Next 5 Years

Jordan Miles’ Case Sparks Change, Mother Reacts WTAE—The Pittsburgh City Council has approved a set of bills that require cameras and microphones to be installed in police cruisers in the next five years. The moves also call for officers to be placed on paid leave if accused of using force that is investigated by the […]

Ricky Burgess delays bills on Pittsburgh police oversight

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess on Wednesday amended, then delayed for a week voting on his five bills that are aimed at creating more stringent police oversight.

Community rises up to oppose Mayor’s, Council’s attacks on Citizen Police Review Board

Controversy addressed over police review board changes in city

Joe Smydo and Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—After Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s moved last week to replace most of the Citizen Police Review Board, a handful of community members stood up at a meeting Tuesday night to admonish the mayor and council for what they described as a “hijacking” of the board.

Review board ramifications

Tim McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A very surprising move today by Luke Ravenstahl in replacing the city’s police review board. Beyond the connections to his current squabble with the board, it also reminds one of the time he asked for the resignations of department heads citywide in June 2007, and questions about the ethics of naming his […]

Pittsburgh solicitor says investigation into Miles case still open

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city’s probe into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January remains open pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the allegations, city solicitor Daniel Regan said Tuesday.

Dowd demands city to release report on Jordan Miles arrest

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Councilman Patrick Dowd says the city’s investigation into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January is complete, and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is needlessly withholding its findings from the police chief.

Police accountability bills delayed by council

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to delay action on five bills designed to improve police accountability so the Law Department could answer questions about them.

Pittsburgh councilman withdraws task force expansion proposal

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess says he’s withdrawn his proposal to expand the role of the task force he previously proposed to pursue accreditation for the police department.The accreditation initiative was part of what Mr. Burgess has called his “Jordan Miles Public Safety Reform Agenda,” a series of bills named for a […]

Burgess’ legislation questioned by police, other Council members

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazett—Pittsburgh police say they’ve long been working on some of the measures city Councilman Ricky Burgess recently introduced in the bills he’s calling the Jordan Miles Public Safety Reform Agenda.

Upon Further Review

Charlie Deitch, City Paper—“Piece of junk!” Beth Pittinger hisses at her Hewlett-Packard computer through clenched teeth.

Pittsburgh City Council eyes more police oversight in proposals

Annual reports would be required Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess on Tuesday introduced two more bills that he said are designed to improve public safety and boost public confidence in the police department.

Police incident provokes ire

City high school students rally to demand an investigation into the arrest and alleged beating of a classmate Sadie Gurman and Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Students from the city’s Creative and Performing Arts High School marched to the City-County Building on Tuesday in support of a classmate who said police brutally beat him earlier this month, […]

Miles to Go on Police Accountability

Chris Potter, City Paper—There’s been a nightmarish familiarity about the allegations of police brutality against Jordan Miles, a CAPA honors sudent. I remember a cluster of similar allegations in the years leading up to a lawsuit and federal consent decree imposed on the city during the Murphy Administration.