Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

While some Democrats have come out strong for new policy in the wake of the shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. in Pittsburgh several weeks ago, the legislation might not be received warmly.

An East Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, while he was fleeing a traffic stop on June 19. The police officer was arrested, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he was pursuing murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

After a tense meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council approved an ordinance that could lead to the creation of a countywide citizens’ police review board.

The legislation allows for County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) to hold up to four meetings to gather info that will later be used to create the review board.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/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
Rabb bill would protect people in police custody from sexual assault

Rabb bill would protect people in police custody from sexual assault

Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) is pushing to close a loophole that he says exposes citizens to sexual assault while in police custody.

“Police officers are supposed to use their authoritative power to protect the public, not prey on the innocent,” Rabb said. “I find it ludicrous that this major oversight in our legal system has received such minor attention. Everyone has rights and no one deserves this type of mistreatment, no matter what your criminal history.”

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House committee renews push for local police radar law

House committee renews push for local police radar law

Get pulled over by a local police officer in Pennsylvania and you can be sure of at least one thing – you weren’t caught speeding by a radar gun.

That’s because in the Commonwealth, radar timing devices can be only used by the state police. Pennsylvania is the only state that prohibits municipal police from using radar, and Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) is the latest in a long succession of lawmakers who want that to change.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
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