PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, many people flocked to the city to enjoy the festivities. But as is the holiday tradition, some of those visitors were enjoying a few alcoholic beverages.
A small group of men had an altercation with the Pittsburgh police that day, resulting with a video exposing the officer performing, what could possibly be perceived as excessive force towards one of the men.
This video has become viral in the news-world, as questions arise as to what should be considered as excessive force.
KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek spoke with the Executive Director of the Citizen’s Police Review Board, Beth Pittinger, on what kind of force is too much. Mike asks that if a man falls as hard as it appears in the video, did the officer use excessive force? He also suggests that the suspect might have been acting because he knew that his friend was filming.
“The officer’s conduct is where he is at fault. He brandished his Taser, admittedly, to scare the man,” said Pittinger. “The man could even argue that the officer was impeding on his freedom of speech by using official oppression.”