IN THE NEWS: Allegheny County DA explains right to videotape police

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, Constitutional Rights, In the News | 0 comments

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala issued a statement outlining the public’s right to videotape police officers. DA Zappala explained that a person has the right to videotape police officers who are on duty but people do not have the right to antagonize the officers or attempt to provoke an arrest. He also advised that police officers are not permitted to arrest individuals for videotaping police actions.  DA Zappala also...

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*UPDATED*: IN THE NEWS: 43 cited for Underage Drinking at Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh, 73 More People Arrested for Other Offenses

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

According to the latest information, 73 people were arrested for crimes or were issued citations during the Kenny Chesney concert.  News outlets earlier reported that 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking.  The 73 arrests and citations are in addition to the underage drinking citations.  The offenses included “assaults including an indecent assault in the stadium concourse, public urination, disorderly conduct, underage...

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IN THE NEWS: 43 cited for Underage Drinking at Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

Yesterday, thousands were at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh leg of Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” Tour.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, during a law enforcement sweep of the Heinz Field parking lots, 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking and related offenses.  WPXI noted that, in addition to the underage drinking citations, five people were arrested. For more information, go to : Dozens cited for...

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IN THE NEWS: PA to upgrade firearms background check system

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts | 0 comments

Pennsylvania is in the process of updating the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (“PICS”).  The PICS system permits firearms dealers and sheriffs departments to run background checks on firearms purchasers and concealed carry permit applicants.  Currently, firearms dealers and sheriffs departments have to call in to an automated telephone system to retrieve results.  After the upgrade, users will have the option to dial in under the...

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IN THE NEWS: NTSB seeks to lower legal drinking limit to .05

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Alcohol Laws, Blog Posts, DUI, In the News, Laws of Questionable Merit | 0 comments

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the limit for blood alcohol levels for drivers be lowered to 0.05.  The NTSB has also recommended that measures be taken to encourage broader use of interlock devices. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Automobile Association have not yet endorsed the NTSB’s recommendations. In its report, the NTSB renewed its recommendation that all DUI/DWI offenders be required to...

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In The News: Audio recording missing in PGH officer-involved shooting case

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Police Misconduct | 0 comments

On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was shot by a city of Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop.  Although a video of the incident has been recovered, the audio recording doesn’t include anything between the time the officers exited their car to the time that the gunfire started.  Pittsburgh Police Department policy requires officers in vehicles with cameras to record the audio of the taped encounters.  Officers are “are...

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