Briefing: “Candlelight vigil” outside of a police officer’s residence, the personalized reaction to a public action, and potentially applicable laws

May 25th, 2007

Facts: An anti-war demonstration occurred in Shadyside. Several officers and a Sergeant from Zone 4 were on-scene for crowd control. The nature of the protest changed, and a window of a Marine office was broken. The Sergeant confronted a person who was taking pictures with a cellular phone, during the confrontation the phone was knocked out of the photographer’s hand. The photographer was cited for disorderly conduct. Allegedly, The Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) organized and conducted a “candlelight vigil” in front of the Sergeant’s residence. Although the vigil was orderly and there were no arrests, the Sergeant, his family, and neighbors were inconvenienced by the “vigil”.

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