Pittsburgh Police http://wesa.fm en City to Launch Massive Process to Hire Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/city-launch-massive-process-hire-police-chief <p>Since before taking office, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has been promising that when it came time to hire a new police chief, the public would have ample opportunity to influence the process.&nbsp; Today, he and Acting Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar laid out plans for six public meetings and a website dedicated to taking additional input.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:19:10 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 30737 at http://wesa.fm Stephen Bucar Takes Helm Of Revamped Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety http://wesa.fm/post/stephen-bucar-takes-helm-revamped-pittsburgh-department-public-safety <p>Pittsburgh’s new acting public safety director started work this week with former Public Safety Director Michael Huss staying on for the transition. Stephan Bucar was most recently a supervisory special agent section chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, he will now head the city’s Department of Public Safety.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:53:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30664 at http://wesa.fm Stephen Bucar Takes Helm Of Revamped Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety District Attorney Says Pittsburgh Officer Justified In Wilkinsburg Shooting Death http://wesa.fm/post/district-attorney-says-pittsburgh-officer-justified-wilkinsburg-shooting-death <p>Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala says a Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed a man in Wilkinsburg in April was justified in opening fire.</p><p>Officials say Adrian Williams, 29, who was killed in the shooting, had led police on an early-morning high-speed chase that started in Homewood and ended in Wilkinsburg, when he crashed the car he was driving and then ran through yards with a handgun.</p><p>Zappala said at least 12 other officers were at the scene and had been involved in the chase. Officer Christopher Kertis shot Williams six times.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:54:51 +0000 Erika Beras 30370 at http://wesa.fm Heroes Behind the Badge: Documentary Sheds Light on the Life of a Pittsburgh Police Officer http://wesa.fm/post/heroes-behind-badge-documentary-sheds-light-life-pittsburgh-police-officer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday night </span>Drusky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Entertainment is presenting the Pittsburgh premiere of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://heroesbehindthebadge.com">Heroes Behind the Badge</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a documentary that tells the stories of two officers who paid the ultimate price, as well as the stories of three severely injured officers.</span></p><p>One of those officers is patrolman James Kuzak, who was shot five times after responding to a home invasion call in the city of Clairton.</p><p>Brian Drusky of <a href="http://www.druskyentertainment.com/">Drusky Entertainment </a>has timed the showing such that it arrives three years after Officer Kuzak’s incident and five after the death of three Pittsburgh police officers.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:15:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26966 at http://wesa.fm Heroes Behind the Badge: Documentary Sheds Light on the Life of a Pittsburgh Police Officer Context Controls Decision in Jordan Miles Trial http://wesa.fm/post/context-controls-decision-jordan-miles-trial <p>Four years after an altercation between three Pittsburgh police officers and CAPA High School student Jordan Miles, eight jurors <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/jury-reaches-mixed-decision-jordan-miles-suit">reached a split verdict</a>&nbsp; Monday.</p><p>The officers were found guilty on the charge of false arrest of Miles, but not guilty in the charge of excessive force.</p><p>Miles was awarded monetarily for his injuries, but many are still concerned about the result of the trial.</p><p>University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris explained one of the most confusing elements the verdict -- if Miles was falsely arrested, shouldn’t <em>any </em>force be considered excessive?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:18:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26839 at http://wesa.fm Context Controls Decision in Jordan Miles Trial 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 Jury Reaches Mixed Decision in Jordan Miles Suit http://wesa.fm/post/jury-reaches-mixed-decision-jordan-miles-suit <p></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:47:15 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26768 at http://wesa.fm Jury Reaches Mixed Decision in Jordan Miles Suit Police, At-Risk Youth Talk Respect and Perceptions in Forum http://wesa.fm/post/police-risk-youth-talk-respect-and-perceptions-forum <p>Police officers and at-risk youth, some of whom have been in trouble with the law, met in Homestead Friday to discuss ways of improving police and community relations. A panel of both law enforcement officers and youth spoke and engaged with the crowd.</p><p>“We talk about how we can impact those arrests by changing police way of thinking, changing youth way of thinking when they’re out on the street so that they know when they interact it doesn’t have to be negative,” said Kimberly Booth, assistant chief probation officer with Allegheny County Juvenile Court. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:37:51 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26257 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Appeals Panel's Police Residency Ruling http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-appeals-panels-police-residency-ruling <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is appealing an arbitration panel's decision that its police officers can live outside the city.<br /><br />The appeal to Allegheny County Court puts on hold last week's ruling that would let officers live within 25 miles of the City-County Building. The ruling means officers could live throughout the county and in parts of six neighboring counties.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:42:19 +0000 The Associated Press 26114 at http://wesa.fm 71 Charged in Pittsburgh's St. Pat's Celebrations http://wesa.fm/post/71-charged-pittsburghs-st-pats-celebrations <p>Pittsburgh police say there were no major criminal incidents or problems during the city's St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, or at celebrations afterward, though 71 people were arrested or cited, mostly for alcohol-related infractions.<br /><br />Public Safety Director Michael Huss says about 23,000 people lined the parade route, many of whom then celebrated in the city — and were joined by other revelers — most at Market Square or the South Side, a redeveloped neighborhood with a large concentration of bars.<br /> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:05:30 +0000 The Associated Press 25986 at http://wesa.fm Ruling Nixes Pittsburgh Police Residency Rule http://wesa.fm/post/ruling-nixes-pittsburgh-police-residency-rule <p>A labor arbitrator has ruled Pittsburgh police don't have to live in the city, instead requiring only that they live within a 25-mile radius of the City-County Building downtown.</p><p>Thursday's ruling sets aside a November referendum in which voters overwhelmingly favored requiring officers to live in the city.</p><p>City Council proposed the referendum after a state law was changed in 2012, overturning the residency requirement. The law didn't require cities to negate residency requirements, but gave them the flexibility to do so.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:59:35 +0000 The Associated Press 25880 at http://wesa.fm Three Officers To Go On Trial Again In Jordan Miles Case http://wesa.fm/post/three-officers-go-trial-again-jordan-miles-case <p>The three Pittsburgh police officers accused of violating Jordan Miles’ civil rights will be back in an federal courtroom Monday, and the lawyer representing Miles says the jury could hear some new evidence.<br /><br />A jury in August of 2012 found that the actions of officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak did not rise to the level of malicious prosecution as had been alleged in the civil trial, however that same jury remained deadlocked on the allegation that the men falsely arrested Miles and used excessive force while doing so.<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 25493 at http://wesa.fm Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Sentenced To 18 Months http://wesa.fm/post/ex-pittsburgh-police-chief-harper-sentenced-18-months <p>Former Pittsburgh police chief Nathan Harper has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, diverting public money and failing to pay income taxes.<br /><br />U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon also ordered 61-year-old Harper on Tuesday to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself.<br /><br />An emotional Nate Harper addressed the court before hearing his sentence.<br /><br />“I’m a broken man,” he said, adding that he’ll carry with him to his grave the embarrassment he said he caused his family and friends.<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:25:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia & The Associated Press 24965 at http://wesa.fm Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Sentenced To 18 Months Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-quality-over-speed-filling-public-safety-positions <p></p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said he is not rushing to fill two of the most high profile vacant positions in the city: public safety director and police chief.</p><p>In a <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-mayor-pedutos-administration-vision-pittsburgh">Monday interview with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer</a>, Peduto said it is more important to find the right person for those positions than it is to get them filled right away. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:28:13 +0000 Liz Reid 24921 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions Hundreds Attend Funeral For Stabbed Pittsburgh Police Dog http://wesa.fm/post/hundreds-attend-funeral-stabbed-pittsburgh-police-dog <p>An estimated 1,200 people attended the funeral for a Pittsburgh police dog stabbed in the line of duty.</p><p>The ceremony took place Friday morning at the Soldiers &amp; Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Rocco, the 8-year-old German Shepherd, died Jan. 30, two days after being stabbed by a fugitive suspect during an arrest. That man, 21-year-old John Rush, remains jailed on charges of attacking the dog and other human officers at the scene, as well as the bench warrants for which he was arrested.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:23:01 +0000 The Associated Press 24080 at http://wesa.fm Senator to Introduce 'Rocco's Law' After Fallen K-9 Officer http://wesa.fm/post/senator-introduce-roccos-law-after-fallen-k-9-officer <p>Legislation that would strengthen the penalties against killing or torturing a law enforcement animal might not have saved K-9 Officer Rocco’s life, but one lawmaker hopes it could save other K-9 officers such as Mt. Lebanon Police Department’s “Snieper.”</p><p>That is the goal of state Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) who said he saw how valuable the canines are when he visited Officer Snieper and his handler, Officer Ben Himan Monday.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 23873 at http://wesa.fm On Social Media, Pittsburgh Pays Tribute to Fallen Police Dog Rocco http://wesa.fm/post/social-media-pittsburgh-pays-tribute-fallen-police-dog-rocco <p>Pittsburghers, many of them pet owners, took to social media with heavy hearts following the death of Pittsburgh police dog Rocco Thursday evening.</p><p>Authorities say 8-year-old Rocco was injured Tuesday night when police arrested a man on warrants for probation violations and failing to register as a sex offender.<br /><br />Twenty-one-year-old John Lewis Rush was one of Allegheny County's most wanted fugitives. Police say he stabbed Rocco in the back and wounded two officers before being taken into custody.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:20:45 +0000 The Associated Press & WESA Staff 23665 at http://wesa.fm Toprani Report Explores Police "Side Jobs" http://wesa.fm/post/toprani-report-explores-police-side-jobs <p>From the resignation of Former Police Chief Nate Harper to the debate over officers living within city limits, the Pittsburgh city police department has been a topic of criticism over the past year.</p><p>The latest issue is a recent report criticizing city police working side jobs. Post-Gazette reporters Jonathan Silver and Liz Navratil have covered <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/01/03/Report-Pittsburgh-police-off-duty-work-policies/stories/201401030173">the story</a> in which they describe the situation surrounding the Toprani Report.</p><p>This report, authored by former Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani, investigates the state of the policies and procedures set up to regulate police officers taking “side jobs,” or, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-passes-bill-outsource-secondary-employment-police-officers">employment outside of the bureau</a>.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:08:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22594 at http://wesa.fm Toprani Report Explores Police "Side Jobs" Mayor Peduto Adding Ranks to City’s Public Safety Agencies http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-peduto-adding-ranks-city-s-public-safety-agencies <p>Pretty soon there will be more police officers, firefighters, paramedics and building inspectors on the ground in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto announced this week he has authorized one class of police officers to begin training in March followed by another class in the fall, with the possibility of a third, one class of firefighters to begin as soon as possible and the hiring of more paramedics.</p><p>“Right now, at this moment, we need police officers, we need firefighters, we need medics and we need building inspectors,” Peduto said. “We’re making that our priority for hiring.”</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:58:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22589 at http://wesa.fm City Council Approves Minimum Staffing Policy for Police http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-approves-minimum-staffing-policy-police <p>After more than nine months of discussion, Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed a minimum staffing policy for the Bureau of Police.</p><p>The policy authorizes the chief of police to initiate a new class in the training academy once the police force falls to 98 percent of the budgeted union sworn police personnel. The class itself would be equal to 5 percent of the budgeted number of officers.</p><p>The 2013 and 2014 budgets both allot for 892 officers. The Bureau of Police currently has 840 officers, far less than the 874 officers needed to initiate hiring.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:11:22 +0000 Liz Reid 20379 at http://wesa.fm Police Chief: Proposal for Training, Partnership Program 'Improper' http://wesa.fm/post/police-chief-proposal-training-partnership-program-improper <p>Tensions ran high Tuesday as members of Pittsburgh City Council met to wrestle with the issue of community-police relations.</p><p>Up for discussion were three bills sponsored by Councilman Ricky Burgess, one of which would authorize the city to spend up to $150,000 on a police-community partnership program called <a href="http://unleashingrespectproject.org/">Unleashing Respect Project</a>, or URP.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Liz Reid 18574 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Ravenstahl: “I’ve done nothing wrong, and I stand by that.” http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-ravenstahl-i-ve-done-nothing-wrong-and-i-stand <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he is continuing to do his job and is helping the next mayor transition into office.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:50:04 +0000 Tim Camerato 18240 at http://wesa.fm City Controller Releases Police Secondary Employment Audit http://wesa.fm/post/city-controller-releases-police-secondary-employment-audit <p>City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released Tuesday a performance audit of the secondary employment procedures utilized by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.</p><p>The audit is just one part of a larger bureau-wide audit. Lamb said he wanted to release this portion early due the ongoing changes and public interest in secondary employment procedures.</p><p>The report takes a hard look at Cost Recovery Fees, or CRFs, which until recently, were not codified in city law.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:36:04 +0000 Liz Reid 18175 at http://wesa.fm City Council Passes Bill to Outsource Secondary Employment of Police Officers http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-passes-bill-outsource-secondary-employment-police-officers <p>The Special Events Office at the Pittsburgh Police Department will officially no longer schedule secondary employment of officers, nor will it handle payment for such employment.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill Tuesday that will outsource both duties to the North Carolina-based company Cover Your Assets.</p><p>The change comes after allegations that some officers received preferential treatment from the other officers who scheduled the moonlighting gigs.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:25:16 +0000 Liz Reid 17471 at http://wesa.fm Police Probing Ravenstahl Bodyguard's Hours http://wesa.fm/post/police-probing-ravenstahl-bodyguards-hours <p>Pittsburgh police say they're reviewing the timecard records of an officer who formerly worked as a bodyguard for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and who testified against the mayor before a federal grand jury earlier this year.</p><p>At that time, the attorney for Fred Crawford said the investigation will eventually show that tax dollars were "wasted so the mayor could have a designated driver ... while he went out to bars."</p><p>That attorney, Robert Stewart, didn't return a call for comment Tuesday on the newest information about Crawford provided by acting Chief Regina McDonald.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:33:14 +0000 The Associated Press 17068 at http://wesa.fm