FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PITTSBURGH, PA – There are multiple ongoing reviews of the use of force involved in the arrests of two males on Tuesday, September 19.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., Officers spotted warrant suspect David Jones, 34, near the intersection of Lemieux Place and Centre Avenue in Uptown. Jones was wanted on a warrant out of Cranberry Township on forgery charges and had previously fled from a Pittsburgh Police Officer who was attempting to serve that warrant. As Officers were taking Jones into custody, a man later identified as Daniel T. Adelman, 47, of Ravenna, Ohio, attempted to interfere with the arrest. He was forcibly taken into custody and is in the Allegheny County Jail on charges of obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrests, and public drunkeness.
"We have a zero tolerance for excessive force among Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers. Our management of use of force includes an automatic review of every incident in which force is used when making an arrest," says Chief Scott Schubert. "In addition, we have initiated a review that is being conducted by our Office of Professional Standards so that we can ensure that the use of force was objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers."
"Officer Andrew Jacobs has been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the reviews," says Mayor William Peduto. "Our police officers are trained to de-escalate situations. This is part of the protocol of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. We have zero tolerance for deviation to that standard."
The Office of Municipal Investigations, which investigates complaints of misconduct against any City government employee, is also reviewing the incident. The independent Citizen Police Review Board is also expected to conduct an investigation.
"At the end of our process, we intend to publicly share the results," says Chief Schubert.