PITTSBURGH, PA (June 3, 2020) Mayor William Peduto today called for a full, third party investigations by the Office of Municipal Investigations and the Citizen Police Review Board into the protests in East Liberty Monday evening, June 1.
“In order to provide clarity to the actions that occurred that day and provide third party, independent, professional analysis and recommendations, I am requesting the Office of Municipal Investigations to conduct a full investigation into the actions in East Liberty on Monday, June 1, 2020,” he wrote to OMI.
“For the past 36 hours, I have studied best practices of less lethal crowd dispersion, I have read countless comments on social media and viewed first-hand video, photographs and accounts. The Public Safety Director provided me with the written official transcripts of all Command operations during that day and I have talked with every person in the Command rank who was on the ground or in the Command Center. Without question, there is a difference of opinion about what happened that day and the appropriateness of the actions of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”
He also asked for the CPRB to do an investigation, in conjunction with the ACLU, the NAACP Pittsburgh branch, and the U.S. Attorney’s office. A copy of his letter is here.
A copy of his letter to OMI is here.