Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Allegations of Police Abuse Decline

Pittsburgh's Office of Municipal Investigations is operating smoothly. That's one of the conclusions of an audit released by City Controller Michael Lamb. The audit comes 3 years after the end of federal oversight of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. That oversight came after a lawsuit filed by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. which alleged unfair treatment of some citizens by police. O-M-I investigates complaints of misconduct by police officers and public employees. Lamb says there was some concern that once the federal supervision ended there would be an increase in citizen abuse by police. But, Lamb says that has not happened. The number of allegations of police misconduct dropped from 219 in 2006 to 152 last year.

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