The mayor of Pittsburgh has “serious concerns” over arrest of guards by police in uneducated van

The mayor of Pittsburgh said he had “grave concerns”, CBS Saturday reported on the tactics used in the arrest of a 25-year-old defender. Matthew Cartier was allegedly seen in the video posted On social media Arrested in an unknown van by armed officers after allegedly interfering in public safety.

The arrest took place around 5pm Saturday evening in the Oakland neighborhood, where Cartier was allegedly blocking an intersection that is used for hospitals and the University of Pittsburgh. The Associated Press noted that Commander of the Special Deployment Division Ed Trapp said Cartier was directing the vehicles “with no situational awareness” and feared a traffic incident might occur. The AP said that about 150 people were part of the march that began about an hour and 45 minutes before the arrest.

“The idea was a surgical maneuver to remove the person who was the problem and allow the main protest march to continue, which is exactly what he did,” Trapp reported on Sunday. Sergeant Donald Mitchell of the civil affairs unit also said that on Saturday “there was a day step for the University of Pittsburgh, so traffic was very heavy.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he had “serious concerns” over the use of what police referred to as “low-visibility arrests”. CBS Pittsburgh said the mayor found out moments after his arrest that it had happened.

“… that imagery, which people saw, frightened them because they don’t believe what part of Pittsburgh is,” Peduto said Sunday. “They saw officers getting someone and throwing them into a van, and they asked ‘Why?” And they are ‘Why?’ Right to ask

Police said on Sunday that they chose to arrest the protesters in such a way as to protect the crowd from arrests, which “may proceed.”

According to CBS Pittsburgh, during a Sunday press conference, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hisrich said that more than 100 performances have occurred in Pittsburgh since George Floyd’s death and mostly occur on a weekly basis. Security officials have said that the crowd has become increasingly unsafe.

In response to the arrest, the mayor Tweeted Saturday night The city and the ACLU worked together to create a code to enforce public safety. Tree too said Officers will “thoroughly investigate the work done by Pittsburgh Police.”

The mayor wrote, “The right to assemble is a guaranteed right, the right to close public roads is a privilege. This privilege is accepted by law and code.” “In Pittsburgh, we w ACLU & [Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board] To create our code. “

But the ACLU said on Sunday that officials were “in clear violation of their own guidelines.”

Witold Walczak, the legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said in a statement, “According to the people who were there, law enforcement officials made no effort to work with opposing leaders to vacate the area and there was no clear Did not order dispersal. ” “Instead, he provoked a protest leader to go to him and then drove him away. The ACLU of Pennsylvania never suggested that a snatch-and-stash arrest of a peaceful protestor was ever acceptable.”

CBS Pittsburgh said that Cartier is Facing charges Failure of a highway or other public route, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.


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