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Re: “Pittsburgh Police on alert after armed Donald Trump supporters say they will confront protesters

Time to call out Charlie Deitch and the "obese police."

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Posted by ERM on 04/13/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “In the wake of a mass shooting in Pittsburgh suburb, residents and officials are taking action

Why isn't Congressman Mike Doyle doing more? He is grandstanding now because he is running for re-election!

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Posted by ERM on 03/18/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Captured by Indians explores warfare and culture in 18th-century Pennsylvania

It appears that the History Center "ripped-off" the title for this exhibit from the book "Captured by the Indians". I hope that they paid author Frederick W. Drimmer the appropriate royalties for it. The CEO, Andy Masich, is a real wiseguy for even thinking that he could get away with this.

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Posted by ERM on 02/03/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Crossing a Thin Blue Line: Cyclist at heart of unusual Pittsburgh police dispute

I'm another old timer who has long covered the issues inherent in the Takos case. By degrees,I know most of the people involved.

Bosetti is a hard head who has never run with the pack. He is literate and principled. Lucinski is bright, savvy and obsessive. Since Bosetti testified for the defense retaliation has come in the form of a smear campaign by Lucinski and friends within the department. The defaming lies and rumors can be dealt with, but it's hard to unring a bell; and "hot dog" cops tempt fate by throwing stones in a glass house.

In 2000 Lucinski was assigned to a three person wagon crew,the other two officers refused to go along with her tactics and asked to be reassigned. Lucinski claimed that they weren't aggressive enough either.

It is true that Bosetti is 64 with some age related issues and will retire soon. It's also true that he doesn't make many arrests. Like most older officers he defers arrests to others who are eager for court time. It doesn't matter which cop makes the arrest-as long as mutual consent and due process are observed. Also: CP didn't distinguish between generic discretion and the legal term, "abuse of discretion." Lucinski announced on radio that she would "take the arrest (for a medical call)that had been assigned to another cop, before any officer had even arrived on scene to assess.

Re: the affadavit; not telling the DA issuing a warrant or summons that another officer was assigned the call, that "Miranda" was in play because statements had been made and taken is a material omission that another Pittsburgh cop has recently been charged with. Bosetti was defending due process and his pension, not drunks. Did PGH pay millions for a federal decree that can't stop misconduct?

CP reports that in the past Bosetti has denounced police brass and reform groups. More accurately; he's denounced the tactics of some brass, some activists and some FOP board members. But he has consistently supported principle.

Ironically, last week Lucinski was showing-off a supportive e-mail she'd received from former Chief McNeilly. It was McNeilly who ordered former Asst.Chief (and current Chief) Nate Harper to investigate only administrative flaws, not any criminality, in the infamous Charmo/Jackson case.

The Takos case shows that reform will not come by federal decree, it will come only when character trumps "business as usual." Don't hold your breath.

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Posted by ERM on 05/29/2011 at 3:34 PM

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