October 25, 2014

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.

The Miles case: Eight months later, answers go begging

Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—On. Jan. 12, Homewood resident Jordan Miles, 18, was confronted by three undercover police officers on Tioga Street as he made his way from his mother’s home to his grandmother’s nearby.

Pay Daze

Chris Young, Pittsburgh City Paper—Thanks to an agreement worked out between the city and the police union, three officers under investigation for allegedly beating a Homewood teen are getting paid overtime without ever setting foot on the streets or buckling into a patrol car — and that may continue for a while.

More on Hlavac, Miles cases

Chris Potter, City Paper—In a post earlier this week, I raised some questions about two cases involving accusations of police misconduct: the (since dismissed) charges of domestic abuse against Pittsburgh police Sergeant Eugene Hlavac, and the investigation into the conduct of officers involved in the Jordan Miles case.

Miles investigation ongoing until federal probe ends

Chris Togneri, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—An investigation into a Homewood teenager’s allegations that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during a January arrest will remain open until a federal investigation is complete, the city solicitor said in a letter 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.

Pittsburgh police reform agenda delayed

Adam Brandolph/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday delayed for three weeks a vote on a set of bills that stemmed from allegations police officers beat an 18-year-old student in Homewood.

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.