PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The director of the Pittsburgh Police Citizens Review Board says video of the arrest of Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter supports an officer’s version of the events, including that Porter grabbed the officer’s wrists, rendering him defenseless.
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The Allegheny County district attorney had previously said the video didn’t support the most serious criminal charges against Porter – including aggravated assault for allegedly grabbing Officer Paul Abel’s wrists. A spokesman says the prosecutor is sticking by that assessment.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich issued the following statement:
“Based upon our review of the facts, surveillance and body camera video, we have not wavered in support of Officer Abel’s actions in the arrest of Joey Porter and the filing of initial charges. We are pleased that the CPRB agrees with our initial findings. We’d like to remind the public that the Police Bureau’s investigation is ongoing; therefore, there video will not be released.”READ MORE: State Police Give 10 Warnings To Pittsburgh Businesses Over COVID-19 Orders
Porter faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 21 on remaining citations for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Porter allegedly scuffled with a bouncer who denied him admission to a bar, and then Abel, hours after the Steeler’s Jan. 8 playoff win over Miami.City Council Honors Retiring Pittsburgh Police Commander Karen Dixon
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