July 12, 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 […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police accountability bill postponed

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A police accountability bill that has been on Pittsburgh City Council’s calendar for more than 500 days will remain there for a least two more weeks.

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.

THIS WED: Prevent future Jordan Miles incidents! Support Police Accountability Bill #2010-0234

Bill 2010-0234 WILL IMPROVE COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS Support the ‘Police Reporting and Accountability Bill’ #2010-0234 Attend the June 22nd City Council Standing Committee Meeting [City County Building - 414 Grant Street - @ 10am]! Councilman Burgess will be reintroducing the Bill 2010-0234. City residents may make a public comment up to 3 minutes in length. Sign […]

WDUQ: More Police Accountability Measures Introduced

WDUQ—Pittsburgh community groups strongly support a new amendment to add more police accountability measures to a package called the “Jordan Miles Public Safety Reform Agenda.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Black leaders press for police accountability

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Black leaders on Wednesday angrily demanded Pittsburgh City Council pass additional legislation they said would make police more accountable to the people they serve. “We want Pittsburgh to be a national leader in police accountability,” said Tim Stevens, chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project, during a news conference before council’s meeting.

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

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Protesters demand charges in Jordan Miles case

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Protesters demanding assault charges against three Pittsburgh police officers concluded three weekend rallies this afternoon, with about 150 gathering at the Allegheny County Courthouse for a “people’s indictment.” Demonstrators shouted “guilty” and displayed a sheet listing charges — including assault, unlawful arrest and perjury — that they want District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. […]

Community wages final battle for police accountability

Rebecca Nutall, New Pittsburgh Courier—In the wake of the alleged beating of former CAPA High School student Jordan Miles by three police officers, community activists and concerned citizens sprang into action to ensure similar incidents wouldn’t occur again. After one year, several pieces of legislation, aimed at police accountability, have been passed by city council.

City Councilman Hears from Community on Police Accountability

WDUQ News—A Tuesday night hearing at the Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church in Homewood addressed upcoming legislation for more police transparency. Pittsburgh Councilman Ricky Burgess’ bill would establish policy for off-duty police, and compel the Pittsburgh Police Bureau to produce an annual report on the make-up of the police force; any legal action against police […]

Supporters of police reform fill Homewood church

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—More than a year after his altercation with Pittsburgh police, Jordan Miles still is undergoing counseling, his mother said Tuesday.

Hearing on police draws big audience

Residents say they want accountability Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—At a public hearing Tuesday night, more than two dozen community members voiced support for city legislation meant to bring more transparency to police work by establishing policy for off-duty officers and by compelling the Pittsburgh Police Bureau to produce an annual report detailing use-of-force incidents and […]

Video/Podcast: Public testimonies in support of the Burgess Legislation

Bill 2010-0234, originally sponsored by City Council Member Ricky Burgess (Ninth District, ie. Homewood, where the incident happened), was created with input from community activists, young and old; and professional and academic law enforcement experts. CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING 
on Police Reporting & Accountability Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 6pm, 
Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church
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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.

Groups call for more city police accountability

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Community activists, academics and others today made a collective call for new accountability measures for Pittsburgh police.

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.

Pittsburgh council OKs police legislation

Adam Brandolph/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—City Council approved today a set of bills that will hold the police bureau to its promises.

Council Moves To Put Cameras In Police Cruisers

KDKA—Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to changes in the police department aimed at prodding the department to make reforms. The legislation was worked out in the aftermath of the Jordan Miles case. Miles was the CAPA student who was beaten by three undercover police officers in January. He said he was the victim of police brutality, but police said he resisted arrest and started fighting with them. [Continue Reading]