Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Grand Jury Indictment of Fired Police Sergeant

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 6, 2016) - "This is a sad day for our city and police bureau, but a good one for our justice system.

Despite video showing Sgt. Matakovich unlawfully beating a suspect, the initial charges against him were wrongfully dismissed. Yet the city still proceeded to fire the sergeant, the charges against him were refiled by the District Attorney, and now he has been indicted by a federal grand jury. The justice system is working, and should set an example for all judges on how seriously city, county and federal officials take such matters on behalf of the communities they all serve.

But let me be clear that the sergeant's conduct, and this indictment, do not represent the hundreds of Pittsburgh Police who protect city residents honorably and courageously every day and night. If anything the charges provide a moment to thank the officers who live up to the Pittsburgh Police Bureau's core values of accountability, integrity and respect in all they do. Our administration will continue to work to build a Police Bureau we can all be proud of - one based upon fair and consistent discipline, as needed."



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