Police Won’t Boycott St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rather than boycotting extra work at next weekend’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, Pittsburgh police officers will instead air their grievances with the city in a less disruptive protest.

After meeting for three hours today to talk about what they’ve called unfair treatment by the city, the police union backed down from an earlier threat and will now accept special details at private businesses during the city’s rowdiest day.

More than 200 additional police officers are needed for crowd control during the celebration.

“We certainly in no way want to affect any of the celebrations or that — and that was not our intention,” Fraternal Order of Police President Dan O’Hara added. “Our intention was to air out our grievances.”

Among their complaints is the treatment of Sgt. Eugene Hlavac. Though Hlavac was acquitted of domestic abuse charges, the city is refusing to let him back on the force.

”Hlavac is just one of many issues,” O’Hara explained, “and this isn’t something that we take lightly.”

They’re also upset about the paid suspensions of Officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak who are under investigation for the beating of then teenager Jordan Miles.

Despite their grievances, the police union says it won’t boycott the parade:

“We feel that it would actually punish the very businesses that are expecting us to be there, that we’re there for all year long,” O’Hara added.

Instead, Pittsburgh police say off-duty officers will march in solidarity in the St. Patricks Day parade and hand out leaflets out to the public detailing their grievances.


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  • Pittsburgh FOP Criticized For Comments (12/21/10)

  • Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge No. 1
  • Comments

    One Comment

    1. lauren d cosgrove says:

      Mainly because they don’t want to lose out on the money

      1. Mayor Stupidstal says:

        They wont boycott because they cant agree on anything! Everyone knows the police and their union is a JOKE….stupid pigs..no raises for you and you will take and like whatever the city and I do to you!

        1. Dave says:

          Just curious, is your issue with the police or the union? My guess is that a lot of the frustration right now is due in part to the general change in attitude of unions. My personal issue is with unions (police and otherwise) but not so much with police. I realize you’re trolling, but I do believe it’s important for people to differentiate between the two when airing their issues.

        2. OUCH ! says:

          Stupidstal I usually hate what you say, but your right on here, The police are lazy and greedy, and willing to sell their youngest kid to stay that way!

    2. dave says:

      Stupid, I would be livid if a cop handed me a flyer while they were working. Real professional, thank god for unionized bums!

      1. Dave says:

        The article claims that off-duty cops, marching in the parade, will be handing out flyers. This will not (according to the article) be done by working cops.

    3. Richard says:

      Money is a pretty strong motivator after all…

    4. mark d says:

      All of you who complain about the Police, won’t complain after you dial 911 for help if someone breaks into your home. No complaints if a Police Officer is the first at your home and performs lifesaving CPR on a small child or elderly member of your family.No complaints if the Police are the first on the scene of a horrific auto crash that has the vehicles engulfed in flames and that Police Officer is the first one to pull you or your family out of a burning car.You all are so narrow minded and totally thoughtless and cruel. I am not in Law Enforcement and have no family that is but it is discusting how you belittle your Police. Shame on all of you dirtbags

      1. Bill says:

        Well said!

      2. Dave says:

        Where is all this belittling that you’re referring to? Most of Pgh do support the police. That was evident by the support shown when the three pgh cops were shot. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are currently cases where cops have abused their authority, and that’s where most grips come from. And unlike you, I do have several state troopers in my family, so I do know of what I speak.

      3. SAD DAY says:

        listen mark d…..I watch the Pittsburgh cops let anyone black do whatever they want and not say a word. If they did what they were suppost to instead of being afraid of people, maybe just maybe they would get a little more respect !

    5. Laura D says:

      I totally agree!

      1. Laura D says:

        With Mark D

    6. Sandra Klingensmith says:

      Why do they always want to boycott St patty day? Why dont they boycott Easter or groundhog day.

      1. Jamie says:

        Seriously?? Check your history on the Police and Fire Services in America

    7. Seamus McCaffrey says:

      So much for throwing up all over Carson street.

    8. Ann says:

      I guess we can add ANOTHER non productive work day for the city of Pittsburgh come Monday. Gotta have a reason to drink and feed your alcoholism. Its Sunday, gotta drink; it’s Monday, gotta drink; etc…gotta love Pittsburgh and it’s problem with alcohol. Maybe if they were sober they would realize they are underpaid…in all professions. Happy St Pats day..hope you can be productive come Monday

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