Beth Pittinger en Police Chief: Proposal for 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="">Unleashing Respect Project</a>, or URP.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Liz Reid 18574 at Residents Voice Concerns About Police Misconduct, Racial Profiling <p>Pittsburgh residents brought their concerns about police misconduct to City Council Tuesday during an open forum.</p><p>Concerned citizens brought up many issues, including a lack of diversity on the police force, racial profiling and overly aggressive policing in communities with high crime rates.</p><p>Rashad Byrdsong, president and CEO of the <a href="">Homewood Community Empowerment Association</a>, said law-abiding citizens of his community are stuck in a difficult situation.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:21:01 +0000 Liz Reid 16702 at