Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Come November, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will have an independent challenger in the form of longtime public defender Lisa Middleton.

Touting a progressive platform and a grassroots campaign, at her campaign kickoff Thursday night, Middleton told attendees that it was time for change in Allegheny County.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

When 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018, the nation’s conversation about policing became very personal for Allegheny County.

Around the state elected officials and advocates called for police reforms, but when looking at the system as a whole local activists wondered if District Attorney Stephen Zappala was capable of seeking justice on Rose’s behalf.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council is finding opposition for its much debated gun control legislation closer to home, from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala. 

In a letter to Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5)— the representative for the neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting occurred — Zappala, a Democrat up for reelection this year, stated that while he understood the desire to curb gun violence, the city lacked the authority to do so. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former Allegheny County assistant district attorney and chief deputy public defender Turahn Jenkins is challenging incumbent DA Stephen Zappala for his seat in 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of the death of Atwon Rose Jr. who while unarmed was shot in the back by an East Pittsburgh police office. While Zappala is seeking a murder charge against the officer, a history of poor police-community relations has led up to Jenkins' announcement.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Seventeen year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 while running away during a traffic stop.

Rose was unarmed, and as the video of the shooting circulated in the aftermath of the Woodland Hills High School senior’s death, his death sent shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh proper as Rose’s family and advocates demanded answers that officials couldn’t immediately provide.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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