What Fresh Hell Is This?

June 25, 2007

City Council Hearing This Thursday on Promoting Cops with Histories of Abuse


By now, we hope that everyone has read something about the three Pittsburgh City Police Officers (Cmdr. George T. Trosky, Lt. Charles Rodriguez, Sgt. Eugene F. Hlavac) who have had had domestic abuse run-ins and who were promoted by Police Chief Nate Harper with the approval of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Some good background on police family violence can be found here (h/t to Laurie in the comments section of The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society) and here (h/t to Agent Ska).

Concerned women and men in the City of Pittsburgh (h/t to Jeanne K. C. Clark, Council Pres. Doug Shields and everyone else who helped) have gathered signatures and have managed to secure a public meeting this Thursday with the Pittsburgh City Council:
People concerned with last week's promotion of three Pittsburgh police officers with histories of domestic abuse, either violent or verbal, will get to say their piece at a Pittsburgh City Council public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers on the fifth floor of the City-County Building. Organizers turned in petitions demanding the hearings on Friday and didn't want to wait the weeks to a month that it often takes to get a special meeting of the city's nine legislators. Council President Doug Shields obliged, making sure that the issue will get an airing before the July 4 holiday.
Quotes like this one in The Trib from the office of our esteemed "hot, hip, young" Mayor can't help the situtation:

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who approved the promotions, could not be reached for comment. His spokeswoman, Joanna Doven, said the mayor would not discuss the promotions or their effects on women.

"He's not going to talk about that," Doven said.

[h/t to The Conversation.]

I urge all who care to attend.

Crossposted at The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society


Anonymous said...

What exactly did Doug do? Collect signatures?

Maria said...

My understanding (from a forwarded email) was that he agreed to make sure the meeting was held quickly --this week -- and that he will motion tomorrow that it be televised.

Judge Rufus Peckham said...


Maria said...


Let's make that link hot:


Grad Student said...

You should make your blog entries linkable so I can forward them without having to say things like "scroll down to the little weeblo-like characters and read about how ridiculous the Pittsburgh police are."

Jonathan Potts said...

If you click on the time stamp at the bottom of the post, it gives you the link.

Maria said...

Thanks Jonathan. That is how you can do it for anyone's blog post. (Occasionally, if there's no time stamp, there is a # sign you can click on.)

You can also go to the sidebar and click on the link there under "Current Posts."

Here's the link anyway:


Richmond K. Turner said...

And seriously, Webelos are kind of junior boy scouts. The toy that you are referring to are "Weebles" as in, "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down". And those toys in the picutre aren't Weebles anyway... they are Fisher-Price people.

Maria said...

"...they are Fisher-Price people."

BINGO! We have a winner!