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November 24, 2014

Statement From Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Regarding Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury Decision

Via an email, the following statement was released by the office of Mayor of Pittsburgh a few minutes ago:
Ferguson may be hundreds of miles away, but the reverberations from August’s shooting are still felt, understandably, in Pittsburgh and other cities nationwide. I know it this is hard right now, but it is my fervent hope that in coming days we can use this decision as an opportunity to come together -- in peace and in prayer -- to do the necessary work of strengthening ties between residents and police, and finding new paths to mutual trust and understanding.


Heir to the Throne said...

necessary work of strengthening ties between residents and police, and finding new paths to mutual trust and understanding.

First we need to pass a the law enforcement bill of rights to outlaw So-called citizen journalists with no law enforcement training, no law degree and no good motives from violating the privacy of Police officers by wiretapping them in public to create out of context gotcha videos that undermine the police.

Nine-El said...

Warm and fuzzy , what? Mayor Pota...Peduto is a bad incident away from a ferguson conflagration. Get rid of the guns and drugs, right? Bin singing the rift for years....and???

Nine-El said...


Ol' Froth said...

The Law Enforcement Bill of Rights doesn't do what you think it does...par for the course.


Maria Lupinacci said...

"violating the privacy of Police officers by wiretapping them in public"

I think you do not know what these words mean ("privacy" "wiretapping" "public").

Heir to the Throne said...

Try using Patrick J. Lynch's Police union logic Maria.

BTW, I created that law enforcement bill of rights using Police union talking points and arguments in court.

And Maryland's police "Bill of Rights" which even exceeded my cynicism of how shameless the the line blue line is.
The law mandates that disciplinary actions against police go through a three-person trial board that makes decisions based on the preponderance of the evidence. Before the board's decision, the police commissioner may suspend an officer without pay only if he or she is charged with a felony.

The law gives officers 10 days to get an attorney before they can be questioned by superiors, and lets the attorney strike members of the trial board hearing the case. Additionally, the law states an officer may not be investigated on a brutality accusation unless it was made within 90 days of the incident.

Zeus0209 said...

An approach worthy of consideration: disarm the bomb before it goes off.


Would Brown be dead today if Wilson had a shoulder camera recording?

Nine-El said...


Nine-El said...

That wiretapping law is very outdated. If you are in public ..cop or not ...operate on the assumption that someone is recording you (legally) and act accordingly.

Ol' Froth said...

So Heir, you admit that you're just making shit up. There IS something called the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights, that the FOP IS trying to get passed, but it is nothing like what you admit you just made up.

Ol' Froth said...

He very well might still be dead Zeus, but a body cam would go a long way towards confirming or refuting Wilson's account.

Heir to the Throne said...

That law enforcement bill of rights is what the police unions would wish for but cannot get passed into law. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-02/news/ct-met-eavesdropping-law-20120102_1_eavesdropping-law-chicago-police-illinois
Officials with the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago have said the union supports the law because it prevents people from making baseless accusations against officers by recording them and then releasing snippets that don't reveal the full context of the incident.

The PA wiretapping law does not apply to persons with no expectation of privacy such as being in public.
However that does not stop police being recorded from claiming otherwise.

Ol' Froth said...

Ummm..you're wrong. The courts have consitantly ruled that the police, while in performance of their official duties have no expectation of privacy. On the other hand, in Pennsylvania, while police may video encounters, they CANNOT include audio without the consent of the party being recorded.

Heir to the Throne said...

Here is a video of PA police claiming you can't film cops because of the wiretapping laws.
at 2:00 "You do not have permission to audio tape me"