Archives for 1997

Consent Decree Auditor’s Quarterly Report #1

December 15th, 1997

This document represents the first of an anticipated 20 “Auditor’s Quarterly Reports” (AQR) assessing the levels of compliance of the City of Pittsburgh (City) with the requirements of the consent decree (decree) entered into between the City and the United States Department of Justice (Justice) on April 16, 1997.

Fraternal Order of Police appeals defeated challenge to referendum for Independent Citizen Review Board

May 12th, 1997

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.

Court Transcript: Fraternal Order of Police intervention against Consent Decree

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.

United States versus City of Pittsburgh

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.