August 29, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper indicted

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell today announced a federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar said the indictment included one count of criminal conspiracy. Judge Mitchell described the four other counts as “tax problems.” The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Mr. Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant. At an afternoon initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Judge Mitchell, Mr. Harper pleaded not guilty as is standard at this stage of federal proceeding. He appeared in a brown suit with attorneys Robert DelGreco and Robert Leicht, who said they will continue to represent him. [Continue Reading]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Council to seek comment on police reforms

Adam Brandolph/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Pittsburgh City Council plans to hold two public meetings in Homewood before voting on legislation designed to change the way Pittsburgh police officers do their jobs.