Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

In light of the death of Antwon Rose Jr. in a June police shooting, Democratic lawmakers from all over the commonwealth listened to testimony from law enforcement officials, consultants and social justice advocates Tuesday with the weighty goal of improving policing and community relations. 

However, after three hours of testimony that left legislators with more questions than answers, the road to reform looks to be a long one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

While some Democrats have come out strong for new policy in the wake of the shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. in Pittsburgh several weeks ago, the legislation might not be received warmly.

An East Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, while he was fleeing a traffic stop on June 19. The police officer was arrested, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he was pursuing murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

After a tense meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council approved an ordinance that could lead to the creation of a countywide citizens’ police review board.

The legislation allows for County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) to hold up to four meetings to gather info that will later be used to create the review board.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Seventeen year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 while running away during a traffic stop.

Rose was unarmed, and as the video of the shooting circulated in the aftermath of the Woodland Hills High School senior’s death, his death sent shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh proper as Rose’s family and advocates demanded answers that officials couldn’t immediately provide.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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