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Department of Public Safety To Review Use of Force Encounter Downtown

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 26, 2023) -- The Department of Public Safety is aware of a use of force encounter that occurred during an arrest on the evening of August 25, 2023 on Smithfield Street at Strawberry Way Downtown.

The Gainey Administration, the Department of Public Safety, and City Council are taking this encounter, and the considerable community concern it has generated, extremely seriously and are reviewing all available video footage and gathering as much information as possible pertaining to the incident.

As part of this process, Public Safety will commission an independent Use of Force Review to ensure that Pittsburgh Police are adhering to current policy, national best practices, and that the Bureau's academy and in-service training continues to reflect its' commitment to serving our communities in a safe, fair, and equitable manner.




Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety