Archives for May 2007

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”.

City Council Proclamation on 10th Anniversary of CPRB

May 22nd, 2007

WHEREAS, on May 20, 1997, the voters of the City of Pittsburgh overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Home Rule Charter and changed the system for investigating and disposing of complaints related to police conduct to create an independent Citizen Police Review Board…