Marshall W. Hynes (Hynes), President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, appeals from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County (trial court) which dismissed his Petition to Set Aside the Referendum Petition (Petition) and directed that the Allegheny County Elections Department (Elections Department) include on the May 20, 1997 primary ballot the referendum question presented on the Referendum Petition.
Fraternal Order of Police appeals defeated challenge to referendum for Independent Citizen Review Board
May 12th, 1997
April 16th, 1997
Transcript of hearing commencing on THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1997, United States District Court, Pittsburgh, 12 Pennsylvania, before Honorable ROBERT CINDRICH, District Judge.
February 26th, 1997
The United States brings this action under 42 U.S.C.” § 14141 to remedy a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police that deprives persons of rights, privileges, and immunities secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Department of Public Safety have engaged in a pattern or practice of subjecting individuals to uses of excessive force, false arrests, and improper searches and seizures. The defendants have tolerated this conduct through their failure to supervise, train, investigate, and discipline police officers adequately.