2 Pittsburgh Police Officers Face Charges

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two Pittsburgh police officers, accused in the false arrests of two men earlier this year, appeared in court this morning.

In July, the officers busted two suspected drug dealers on Pittsburgh’s North Side. However, the Allegheny County District Attorney said today that there was not a drug deal going down.

According to the DA, surveillance video shows police officer Kenneth Simon, 49, reaching into the pocket of one of the men and taking what appeared to be a large wad of cash.

Simon was arraigned early this morning on felony perjury, misdemeanor theft, official oppression and unsworn falsification charges. He was released on his own recognizance.

Meanwhile, 58-year-old police officer Anthony Scarpine is being charged with four less serious crimes including – conspiracy, obstructing administration of law, unsworn falsification and official oppression.

Because of the arrests, the DA will now “review any case in which Simon and Scarpine served as the sole witness. There is no time frame on when that review will be completed.”

The case follows a series of complaints from defense attorneys who say that police were “rousting” known or suspected drug dealers without probable cause, and then accusing them of trafficking if they discovered drugs.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chef Nate Harper said in a statement: “Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers Kenneth Simon and Anthony Scarpine have been placed on Administrative Leave pending disciplinary action which may result in suspension and/or termination.

“This is an isolated incident and should not reflect on the other Officers within the Bureau. Once this incident was brought to the attention of the Commander, the Officers were immediately removed from patrol and placed on administrative assignment.”

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  1. JUST LIKE BUTTER BABY says:

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST OR LAST TIME THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE WITH OFFICERS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES! THEY JUST HAPPENED TO GET CAUGHT ON TAPE! HA HA HA THOSE PA OFFICERS DID NOT DO A GREAT JOB OBSERVING THEIR SURROUNDINGS!

    1. Debbie says:

      My brother was arrested by the cops for selling pot on my Moms’ front porch, but it never happened. He was at the University of Pitt in a High Blood Pressure Study at the time. The DA sat and told my Mom he would march 20 county detectives up on the witness stand and have them lie about seeing the deal. The doctors’were willing to testify he was a Pitt. And the funny thing is the porch this was supposed to occur on could not have been seen from either location the police were supposed to have been watching this occur. One side had a wall added to it to block the wind, on the other side there was a big boat parked with a trap hanging down the side. It’s all about the numbers to getting their conviction rate.

  2. dave says:

    This is great!!!!!!! Charge the cops and let the criminals free!!!!!!!

    1. Lena says:

      Yes you idiot ! Charge the crooked cops! They didn’t have drugs on them you fool and they stole their money. Read it again! Hope it doesnt happen to you!

      1. Rich says:

        Lena, You goof. I guess you didn’t read all your facts before you opened your pie hole. Both actors did have drugs. One had 50 stamp bags of heroin and the other had a bag of cocaine. Both are convicted drug dealers. One is going to plead guilty to drug charges this month. So much for your knowledge of the facts Ms Brainiac. Get your facts straight before you open up your stupid pie hole.

    2. Tod says:

      Thde cops are the criminals, how long have you lived in Allegheny countyy?

  3. Brian. says:

    I understand that they are indeed criminals, but at the same time these criminals still have the constitution protecting them via the 4th Amendment re: Probable Cause. If police officers infringe upon people’s constitutional rights just to charge criminals then they aren’t much better than criminals themselves.

  4. QUIETSTORM says:

    small drip,IN A VERY BIG BUCKET

  5. marshs says:

    I hope popo gets what he deserves.

  6. teri says:

    I know about him too! He’s a liar and he’s crooked you should report him! I will!

  7. teri says:

    Awwww poor crooked cops! You need to get a life and stop blaming the D.A. they got caught red handed.

  8. Lena says:

    You racists are hilarious!

  9. Darrin says:

    yes yes yes …good for those crooked liars!! I got pulled over for a traffic stop for no reason yesterday and I argued this officer because I did not run a stop sign and he said I did…I stopped 3 seconds and pulled off and he pulled me over, I told him he was wrong and he had the nerve to say..quote..” the police are NEVER wrong” He was a real jerk…I guess the police weren’t wrong in this case either huh??? good for them ..remove em and let them go back to being citizens under the law and not of the law!!

  10. grimmis says:

    Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chef Nate Harper said in a statement

    very nice, where’s the spell check at?

  11. DOUGLAS CLARK says:

    JUST YESTERDAY, I LEFT A COMMENT ABOUT THIS ARTICLE. IT WAS POSTED (#2) BEFORE I LEFT THE COMPUTER FOR THE DAY. TODAY, MY POST HAS MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHED!

    SO HERE WE GO AGAIN…

    BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT MY INTENTIONS ON NOVEMBER 8, 2011, WHEN THE WORD “VACATE” WILL WILL FILL IN THE BLANK OF THESE TWO SENTENCES:

    1. THE COURT WILL NOW —— THE FALSE CHARGES FROM MARCH 22, 2009.
    2. MAKE SURE THAT DIRTBAG DOESN’T STEAL ANY OFFICE SUPPLES, AS HE BEGINS TO —— MY NEW CHILL SPOT!

    1. DOUGLAS CLARK says:

      OOPS…THAT WAS MARCH 23, 2009

  12. Messenger says:

    We are all being tricked to keep this racial issue at the forefront, while we continue disconcern ourselves with the real issues in America, and that is are education system is declining, and we are not producing anything in this country that other countries desire. What has happen is no one really want to hear the truth, so we ceate our own realities. And for the uneducated person whi is using those Jim Crow tactics, that blackmen are raping white women that the samre fear history created in the pass. Read a book and learn how to do research, because opinions and facts are two different matters. Yes.,everyone has an opinion even fools.

    1. Ryan R Gamble says:

      You, Sir, are a diamond. Years from now, when people ask, “What the hell happened,” You will be able to respond. Keep your eye on the hidden truth.

  13. Tee Jones says:

    Hmmm! 13 years after Sala Udin and others partitioned the FEDS to review the corrupt police in pgh look they finally get caught some cops are not there to protect and serve but to bully and abuse….I believe that the drug dealers need to be stopped but come on a lot of cops only go after them b/c they are easy marks and they want the cash and don’t want to get their hands dirty

  14. Tee Jones says:

    you crazy as hell…..

  15. Bomba Clot says:

    I LOVED THIS COMMENT. RIGHT ON BABY.

  16. mike m. says:

    Dionne-Theres my real name, see how scared i am. Reverse racism is the most dominant racism of thses times…

    1. Linda says:

      That not your full name @ Mike M.

    2. Tod says:

      I agree 100%

  17. Robert Lanious says:

    “The case follows a series of complaints from defense attorneys who say that police were “rousting” known or suspected drug dealers without probable cause, and then accusing them of trafficking if they discovered drugs.” These ‘victims’ were “known or suspected drug dealers” and accused of trafficking if they discovered drugs”. So, these were not innocent people victimized by the police. These are cops who were doing what I wish all cops would do: Be aggressive in rooting out drug dealers. Hell, if they shot them after finding drugs, I would be happy.

  18. Dave says:

    They are as bad as anyone else, they just have a badge to protect them. As far as racism, its nothing new. get over it. as far as black on black,black on white,white on black violent crime goes, Population control baby!

  19. Linda says:

    After reading all of the comments, I’m trying to see how this all became a race issue. The only thing I see occuring, is that ethical or the lack of ethics, that has occured,as its relates to these two officers. Yes it happens to both black and white people. But wrong is wrong, no matter WHO it is. We should all be alarmed when officers who are to up hold the law, forget the oath they took and do wrong. Name calling and stats about who doing more to whom, solves nothing.

    1. benjamin says:

      so true linda, so sad but so true.

  20. the real truth says:

    I checked those statistics and you misinterpreted them to fit your ideology. Consider yourself “the false.” The myth that black men regularly rape white women is as old as the overthrow of Reconstruction. The following statistic is the reality. Check with PAR (People Against Rape) – or any organization that works with rape victims.
    • Victims of rape were about evenly divided between whites and blacks: in about 88% of forcible rapes, the victim and offender were of the same race.
    -National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

  21. mpd317 says:

    the real truth…. i too read the stats mentioned by the truth. he is totally wrong.
    good job w/ the research. he would have us believe his idea of the ‘truth’. maybe he got his stats from fox news.

  22. Todd says:

    This article doesn’t state the race of the drug dealers so why is everyone assuming they are black? Just kidding, of course they’re black.

    1. steelcity C says:

      actually todd the one guy was black and the other white gets the facts before you make an ass of your self wrong is wrong!

  23. Dal says:

    this is what is really troubling….these cops got caught making false arrest, and allegations….do you really think these are the first two that do stuff like this regulary? …..imagine all the cops that havent been caught, and all of the “accussed” who have been prosecuted and jailed, while us citizens pay for them to be in jail…..think about those stats….

  24. joe says:

    I am also happy to see these torturers charged,, and yes i call cops, judges and district attorneys torturers because jail is mental torture. Jail also is so much based on the concept of people being evil from this condescending christian crazy values based country. Why do people believe that punishment works? has anyone ever seen studies on mice and how punishment doesnt change behavior, rather positive reinforcement does. the only way to ever lower violcence and crime in the Us is to get more jobs, better education, and free healthcare to the poor. hese people arent born bad, its just a fact when people are poor, without good educatiob and without healthcare, they become violent! see capitalism thinks its cheaper to just cage the poor in jail but in the long run it really would be cheaper to give them healthcare and education like europe and canda does and we wouldnt be wasting our resources on jail.

    1. Aaron says:

      What would do you live in?
      Your suggestions may help, but they do not change the underlying problem destroying our society. Gangsta culture glorifies criminal activity. Until gangsta cultures is rejected in a mainstream manner, very little will change no matter how much money is thrown away at these problems.
      In regards to jail, mice aren’t human, what do you suggest? And where has it been used. I don’t disagree that our (punitive) justice system has been ineffective, but we do need a replacement viewed by our citizenry as legitimate.

      1. Aaron says:

        Sorry, typo
        JOE, What world do you live in?

  25. Tom Brady says:

    You wonder why cops are very cautious and approach every situation carefully. Look at all the HATE in these posts. But then again I never met a person why hated a cop unless they were a criminal.

    1. Benjamin says:

      It’s because they abuse the trust that has been given to them. what about the innocent sent to jail by cops. Are they crimanals? Do you think that they hate the cops?Nobody is talking about honest cops just the dirty ones becaues 9 out of 10 they are crimanals too. Even if all they do bendthe truth a little so that the drug or gun case doesn’t get thrown out on a tech thats called purjery. Even if all they do is make up probable cause AFTER they find something illegal in the car it’s a crime and that makes them crimanls.

    2. Linda says:

      I would imagine that some how, you may know these people involved. I don’t see hate in someone airing their opinion, on a vital subject. And as well we should be repulsed by these officers action. And by the way I have never been a criminal. Thank god we still have some police with ethics.

    3. toddk says:

      I’m no criminal, never been arrested, but I’ve lived in Allegheny County long enough to love seeing cops get what they deserve. Let em be as arrgoent as they want. The people are watching and taking notes. You better duck sucker.

    4. ray abbot says:

      tell that to all the civil rights victims who were hosed and attacked by german shepards yea the police never do wrong and tell that to all the hard working tax paying african americans who realized the american dream and bought a nice american car to only be stoppedon site and jacked up why are some folks so naive ….

  26. Benjamin Cutler says:

    The narcodics task force almost ALWAYS harass people without probable cause thats nothing new to people in the black community now what is new is that they are being charged. Normally what happens is if they ind no drugs or guns no harm no foul and everybody goes about there business but if they do find something they make up the probable cause inthe report and you go to jail, period. They lied on me and i wen to jail. I’m not going to portrey myself as some angel because do have a record but this case they made the whole story completly up, and terrorized the people who coud have helped me becausethey knew whos drugs that they accually were. If you are white and they see us talking, in certain places where they patrol heavy they will harass us. If they find something on the white person we’re both getting arrested, ad by the time we get to the police station there will be a whole story made up about how they saw me sell it to the white peson, without a doubt.

  27. Tony M says:

    NOT all but MOST all cops are criminals with badges, and all I ever hear is “its an isolated case“.
    This incident is a bad example cause both sides were proven to be crims, how many times a day cops victimized the truly innocent, from ticket fixes for sex to out rite murder. you can be sure the number is high.

  28. Mike says:

    What a bunch of emotional morons we have posting here. There are many opinions posted here that are just that – opinions, not facts.

    Sure, there are “crooked” cops, but the overwhelming majority of police officers are not crooked. And, that is a fact.

    Also, it amazes me how often race is made an issue when it should not be made into one. The two cops who were charged with the crime would have commited the same exact crime no matter what race was involved.

    1. Dee says:

      Open eyes stop living in a cloud.

  29. Joe says:

    It amazes me how DUMB all of you are, if u read psychological research studies by those with doctorates, youd understand that punishment is NOT effective to reduce crime, only education and literacy training does, its proven in research! but just the notion of the guilty are bad and need punished just permeate in this brain washed christian society!

  30. lil j says:

    cops can do whatever they want to whom ever they want. i know so many cops in youngstown ohio that brag about the stuff they do to people and there isnt anything we can do about it. cuz they are right! somethings gotta change…

  31. Pam Wolf says:

    Cops are the worst of criminals; given the authority of a badge they are free to abuse the public at any whim. They don’t need to be terminated from employment, they need to be imprisoned.

  32. john says:

    One time, when I was taking a walk in a white neighborhood, I was stopped by a cop. The cop told me that someone called the cops and said that “there was a black man that was wearing what I was wearing who was walking down the street and was selling drugs.” Of course the person who called the cops was a rascist jerk who thought he had dirt on me. When the cop checked me, I HAD NO DRUGS ON ME OR WEAPONS! NOTHING! Yeah, all of us young black men are criminals.

  33. MalikSage says:

    What the civil rights leaders fail to expand on is the fact that when a cop is wrong, and especially criminally wrong, there is a question about his/her ability to serve as a “Public Trust”.

    In the case of these two, so called, officers, it is clear that they are not worthy of “Public Trust”. One for stealing, the other for lying.

    If an officer mistakes a wallet for a pistol, and kills an innocent suspect, then he/she is also not worthy of “Public Trust”. His/her judgement can not be relied on.

    This “Public Trust” thing is the reason that we should obey instructions from law enforcement officers. It is our assumption about the service that good officers perform. All too many times the “Public Trust” is violated by officers that prey on minorities, the elderly, the homeless, and other profiled suspects. For example, if 14 officers are required to arrest one fat boy like “Rodey King”, then it is clear that neither of them are capable of protecting any of us from a real physical threat. Their lies about the “Rodney King” incident should have identified each of them as “not capable of Public Trust”.

    Raise this issue to the highest.

  34. Malik Sage says:

    MIKE

    You obviously have a race. And I bet you have 0 experience being Black or Chinese, or Hispanic. Maybe you should take an opportunity to learn from tose of us with years of experience. Just a thought!

  35. KAREN says:

    WASHINGTON COUNTY IS JUST AS BAD ONLY THING IS THE DA IS DEAD NOW AND THE COPS GO FREE. BUT THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITH WHAT THEY DID AND TRY TO GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP.IT WILL BE 17 YEARS MY SON WAS MURDERED AND THE COVER UP GOES ON,ONLY ONE DAY I CAN ONLY HOPE THEY GET THEIRS.

  36. n-dog says:

    Anyone remember footage of the g20? People getting abused at intersections, FOR STOPPING?
    I live in the north hills. My township and highschool apparently has some big drug problem.
    My township and highschool, (graduated in ’94), have been nominated for best school system and most livable? safest? area to raise a family in the U.S.
    How, or maybe who judged my township with a big drug problem to be the best or safest place to live?
    I guess when you’re doing drugs everything seems perfect.
    I actually suspect the local law authorities to be trafficing it. Whatever “it” is.

  37. Bill says:

    What we are witnessing is the result of continued poor leadership in Pittsburgh. When someone like Mayor Luke Ravenstahl gives blind support to the police in a news conference in front of a national press as he did during the g-20 before all the evidence was in this leads to a culture within the police department that they can do no wrong. This was a fatal mistake by the mayor following in the footsteps of many of Pittsburgh past mayors who failed to show real leadership at a time of crisis.

    When the bogus charges were drop against the honor student who was viciously beaten by the Pittsburgh police , the police union stated in the Post Gazette that the wrong judge got the case and that a former councilperson who is now a judge should of gotten the case.

    This in itself tells us its time for the federal government to come into Pittsburgh once again and this time don’t stop with the police department . There is a strong smell of corruption in Pittsburgh and its not just in the police department.

    But when you have d-list media outlets in Pittsburgh who appear to be s more interested in stories about dogs and cats verses real investigation journalism and keeping local government in check this is what happens. I have aways said show me a city with a weak press and I’ll show you a city with rapid undercover corruption .

  38. joe says:

    punks come in all shapes sizes and colors

  39. karen says:

    These cops are no good but scarpini whio has lied on other reports walks BuLL! and that no good Simon retires Jan 03,2011 whaT A Joke, this could have distroyed these mens lives… They should both loose their pensions and do prison time with the charges simon has on him Remember camera dont lie, police officers do!

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