Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay was enthusiastically welcomed to a church in Homewood Thursday night for a public meeting on police-community relations.
Cameron McLay will take the reins of a police bureau in crisis, rocked by scandal that sent the last chief to jail, and suffering from strained community relations and a rising homicide rate.
A unique event was held Thursday, aimed at winning back local kids’ trust of police.
The arrest of a local teacher outside of a community meeting in Homewood led to protests outside the Pittsburgh Police Zone 5 station. The charges were eventually dropped, but now the police officer involved in the arrest has been reassigned to desk duty.
Teacher Dennis Henderson was relieved to hear the news the charges against him, in a case that generated widespread community attention, have been withdrawn for now.
It was initially a meeting about how to improve community relations with police. However, the opposite happened when a Pittsburgh school teacher was arrested last week.
It was a meeting about how to improve community relations with police, but the opposite happened when a Pittsburgh school teacher had an encounter with an officer.
About two dozen people gathered Wednesday night outside the Pittsburgh Zone 5 Police Station after an incident on Kelly Street in Homewood where there was a meeting of a group called the Community Empowerment Association.