Police http://wesa.fm en DA Wants Pittsburgh Police To Change Eyewitness ID Procedures http://wesa.fm/post/da-wants-pittsburgh-police-change-eyewitness-id-procedures <p>Prosecutors must approve felony arrest warrants issued by Pittsburgh police because of concerns expressed by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala over the bureau’s eyewitness identification procedures.</p><p>In a letter to city officials, Zappala wrote that Pittsburgh police must adopt eyewitness identification procedures outlined by the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association by August 16. If not, eyewitnesses might be used to establish a suspect, but the information provided could not be used to charge an individual.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:43:12 +0000 Michael Lynch 33217 at http://wesa.fm A Mixed Ruling in the Jordan Miles Civil Case, False Arrest But Not Excessive Force http://wesa.fm/post/mixed-ruling-jordan-miles-civil-case-false-arrest-not-excessive-force <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After weeks of testimony, the civil court trial pitting Homewood resident, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/three-officers-go-trial-again-jordan-miles-case">Jordan Miles against three Pittsburgh police officers</a> concluded Monday with a wrongful arrest conviction.</p><p>90.5 WESA reporter Deanna Garcia describes the verdict as <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/jury-decision-mixed-jordan-miles-suit-no-excessive-force-used">a mixed decision Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:41:53 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26761 at http://wesa.fm A Mixed Ruling in the Jordan Miles Civil Case, False Arrest But Not Excessive Force Busted: The Story Of A Philadelphia Police Department Corruption Case http://wesa.fm/post/busted-story-philadelphia-police-department-corruption-case <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2008 a&nbsp;longtime informant with the Philadelphia Police Department narcotics squad walked into the offices of the Philadelphia Daily News.</span></p><p>He spoke with&nbsp;Wendy Ruderman&nbsp;and&nbsp;Barbara Laker, resulting in a <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2010-Investigative-Reporting-Group1">Pulitzer Prize winning investigative series</a> uncovering corruption in the city's police department, and a full-scale FBI probe.</p><p>The events are chronicled in the book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustedthebook.com/"><em>Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love</em></a>. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:08:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26585 at http://wesa.fm Busted: The Story Of A Philadelphia Police Department Corruption Case The Future of Law Enforcement and Sentencing http://wesa.fm/post/future-law-enforcement-and-sentencing <p>Opponents of the New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy have long accused the program of having a racial bias. On Monday, their accusations were validated, as U.S. Judge District Shira Scheindlin <strong><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324085304579008510786797006.html">ruled </a></strong>that the city’s implementation of such searches violated both the 4th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.</p><p>According to University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, this ruling does not mean that there will be an end to the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. Instead, the policy must be altered so that it can fall in line with pre-existing standards for civilian searches. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:28:53 +0000 John Lavanga 14790 at http://wesa.fm The Future of Law Enforcement and Sentencing Lawmaker Proposes Statewide Pension Plan for Local Police http://wesa.fm/post/lawmaker-proposes-statewide-pension-plan-local-police <p>One state lawmaker is proposing to create a statewide pension plan for municipal police officers.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The plan would not include automatic boosts in benefits known as cost-of-living adjustments and would mandate a 7.5 percent contribution from members.<br><br>Republican state Rep. Glen Grell of Cumberland County, head of the House GOP pension reform task force, said the statewide pension plan would only be optional for current local officers.<br> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:03:56 +0000 Mary Wilson 14619 at http://wesa.fm National Black Law Enforcement Group Meets in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/national-black-law-enforcement-group-meets-pittsburgh <p>About 1,500 black law enforcement officials are gathered in Pittsburgh this week for the 37<sup>th</sup> annual conference of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.</p><p>The group formed in 1976 after black officers gathered for a three-day symposium focusing on crime rates in urban communities with larger black populations. Some of the issues present 34 years ago are still issues today.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:04:01 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14324 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Citizen Police Review Board http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-citizen-police-review-board <p></p><p>This year the city will get a new mayor who will appoint a new police chief. However, will the <a href="http://www.cprbpgh.org">Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board</a> have a say in the selection of the new chief? <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/council">City council</a> recently passed a bill giving the board a chance to review proposed amendments to policies.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>Guest: <strong>Beth Pittinger</strong>, Executive Director of the Citizen Police Review Board</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Marcus Charleston 10766 at http://wesa.fm