Archives for 2009

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on December 1, 2009 (Mtg. No. 121)

At the 10/27/09 regularly scheduled business meeting, the CPRB authorized an inquiry into the citizen/police encounters during the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, September 19 – 26, 2009. Ms. Pittinger reported on the progress of the inquiry: Ms. Pittinger sent a letter to Kathy Kraus of OMI, requesting documents specifically related to G-20 incidents. Ms. Pittinger sent a letter to Deputy Chief Donaldson requesting specific information regarding the policies and procedures directing law enforcement operations during the G-20 Summit. Pittinger reported on a letter received from Attorney Paul D. Krepps of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. The letter is dated 11/25/09 and states that the law firm has been retained by the Lexington Insurance Company to represent the city of Pittsburgh; which provided coverage during the G-20 Summit. 20 cases were reviewed.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, December 1st, 2009

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on October 27, 2009 (Mtg. No. 120)

On 10/20/09, CPRB held a G-20 community meeting in Lawrenceville at the Stephen Foster Community Center for the general purpose of creating an official record of public testimony from individual experiences related to G-20 activities that occurred in the area; Ms. Pittinger discussed the arrangement of a subsequent G-20 community meeting to be held in Oakland; Ms. Pittinger asked permission of the Board to work exclusively with Sam Rosenfeld, CEO, The Densus Group, in an effort to generate a comprehensive G-20 report; Ms. Pittinger mentioned the results of the DA TASER Committee’s findings on whether Tasers should be maintained as a less than lethal use of force; Brief discussion was held regarding the reinstatement of Police Officer Paul Abel; 28 cases were reviewed.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, October 27th, 2009

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on July 28, 2009 (Mtg. No. 118)

Pittinger reported on Pittsburgh City Council’s Post-Agenda meeting held on 7/28/09. The purpose of the meeting was to provide Council and the public with information relevant to the potential challenges anticipated during the upcoming G-20 meeting. Invited guest speakers in attendance were: Heidi Boghosian, Esq., Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild; Casey Capitolo, Logistics Director, G-6 Billion Pittsburgh; Linda Perkins, Washington DC; Sara J. Rose, Esq., Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania; and SW Rosenfeld, Chairman, The Densus Group. Pittinger sent a letter to Chief Harper, extending an invitation to the City Council Post Agenda meeting held on 7/28/09; Pittinger discussed concerns surrounding the visibility and involvement of the CPRB throughout the G-20 Summit. 16 cases were reviewed.

The Group of Twenty: A Presentation to City Council

July 28th, 2009

“Toward hospitable relations among public safety personnel, citizens, and visitors.” The purpose of the briefing is to provide Council and the public with information relevant to the many challenges brought with the privilege of hosting the G20 meeting in September. Most of what will be presented at this meeting has not been publicly explored. The information will afford Council the opportunity to develop an informed perspective and perform its due diligence as the event planning proceeds. Presented at a Pittsburgh City Council Post-agenda meeting by the Honorable Bruce Kraus, Chair, Committee on Public Safety Services, Council of the City of Pittsburgh.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, July 28th, 2009

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on June 23, 2009 (Mtg. No. 117)

Ms. Hinton requested a moment of silence to honor the PBP fallen officers: Paul J. Sciullo, II, Eric G. Kelly and Stephen J. Mayhle; Pittinger reported on the status of Dr. Mary Jo Guercio’s second term appointment; Pittinger discussed City Council’s vote to allocate $85,000 to the PBP for the purchase of assault rifles for patrol vehicles; Pittinger reported on the results of former PBP Officer Paul Abel’s criminal nonjury trial that concluded on June 11, 2009. Mr. Abel was acquitted of all charges: aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and DUI; Pittinger discussed the issues surrounding the impending G-20 Summit, scheduled in Pittsburgh on September 24 & 25, 2009; Pittinger reported on receiving an anonymous letter involving a domestic violence incident where the PBP police failed to make a related warrant arrest; 13 cases were reviewed.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, June 23rd, 2009

CPRB Case Review Agenda, April 28th, 2009