2. The City of Pittsburgh availed itself of thousands of non Pittsburgh Police, state police, National Guard and the Coast Guard. Exactly when did their employment by the City end?
3. The City of Pittsburgh used a Long Range Acoustic Device (know as a sound cannon) at last week's G20 protests ("the first time the sound cannon had been used publicly" or should that be against the public --US citizens on US soil). Did we purchase this device or was it rented? Who covers the cost of this new weaponry and will it be available to Pittsburgh Police in the future?
4. Does the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Police have a policy in place regarding when such weaponry as rubber bullets and sound cannons can be used? For example, if an officer tells me that I'm loitering and I don't move fast enough, can the officer shoot me with rubber bullets before arresting me?
5. The Pittsburgh Police issued a release regarding their activities on Friday evening in Oakland stating:
Further information was received throughout the day that individuals were purchasing numerous BIC lighters and asking if lighter fluid could be purchased. There is nothing to link the purchase of lighters to any activity, however the concerns of the PBP was heightened by the request for lighter fluid.Has there been independent corroboration of this? How many individuals were
involved and how many lighters? (You can buy them in packs of ten at numerous stores -- it's cheaper that way).
6. According to most accounts, on Friday evening there were more police at Schenley Plaza than protesters. If that's the case, why weren't all those arrested for failure to disperse arrested at Schenley Plaza? How far does one need to disperse to to officially disperse?
7. Schenley Plaza is situated on a main Pittsburgh City street directly by restaurants, bars, stores, museums and a major college campus -- an area used by students and non students alike. The police gave the Order to Disperse at 10:42PM on a Friday evening. Arrests were made along at least a few blocks on Forbes Ave. How would it be possible that people not attending the rally at Schenley Plaza would not have been swept up in the melee?
8. Police enter Pitt Quad at Pitt Dorms. There is no protest activity occurring there. They order people to "go home" when this is their home. Bizarrely, while ordering them to go home, they do not allow them to enter the dorms. Video here.
9. Police enter the Pitt dorms. They tell students that they will be kicked out of college if they leave the dorm. Video here. I believe that these are the freshman dorms. So that would be dorms occupied largely by 18-year olds, away from home for the first time, and only at college for about a month.
Or to think of it another way, you are a resident of an apartment building and are in the foyer. The police come into the foyer and tell you if you leave the building, you will be arrested.
10. While the police order everyone on at least three blocks of Forbes to disperse and "go home," not only are police blocking entrances to the publics' homes, the doors to their homes are locked. Were there orders issued to lock the dorms? If so, who gave those orders? Who actually locked the doors?
11. The University of Pittsburgh issued warnings to students (via phone messages) on the 25th:
Notice that the warning said "near" and not "in." Near would have included the Quad, the great lawn -- and yes -- Schenley Plaza.
Pitt students were advised to stay inside last night, and many have received alerts from the university via voicemail or text messages.
Junior Sean Malloy said he received a phone message saying, "conditions may be deteriorating in Oakland. Students are advised to remain near their residences."
12. Any Pitt student who was outside in the heart of Oakland (very near their dorms) on an otherwise pleasant Friday evening would have been faced with tear gas, rubber bullets, arresting officers and locked entrance to their homes.
13. If Pitt students were arrested, they will face a Judiciary Board that holds the power to suspend, expel or recommend community service.
14. Pitt students weren't the only ones arrested. Notably members of the local mainstream print media and independent media were also arrested. Interestingly enough, while some media members did get caught up in tear gas at earlier protests, none seem to have been arrested until after the G-20 pulled out and members of the big national and international media had left. More importantly, not only were they arrested, but they had their video confiscated/destroyed by the police according to this claim:
Is that legal?