PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An abbreviated meeting of the Pittsburgh Citizens Police Review Board took place Tuesday night.
There was no quorum present for the session at the City-County Building, most likely because of the bitter cold weather.
Among other things, the board’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Pittinger, is recommending that police and 911 supervisors play a much larger part in the decision making in how police respond to “unknown trouble” or “suspected domestic violence calls.”
Back on Dec. 31, two Zone Five officers answered a call to the Larimer home of 33-year old Ka’Sandra Wade.
The officers never went inside and the next day, Wade was found murdered.
Pittinger said Tuesday, “She called for help and we failed her.”
“The responding officers did not solicit a supervisor’s advise on that call, there is no explanation for that, it’s that simple,” Pittinger said at the meeting.
She also released an audio tape of the dispatcher-police transmission the night of the Wade call.
One officer can be heard saying, “male came to the window and said everything was OK. Refused to answer any more questions, I’m back.”
That man was Wade’s 51-year old boyfriend, who killed himself the next day in a standoff with police.